Scott Smetana Photo Member #: 97
Member Year: 2015
Scott Smetana
Bio Summary
Community Activity Summary
El Paso Medical Society, First Presbyterian Church member.
Occupation Summary
MD Ophthalmologist in Colorado Springs since 2004
AdAmAn Service
Hiking, Mountain Biking, exploring.
Climbing Experience Summary
Since moving to Colorado in 2004, Scott has climbed 26 of Colorado's 14ers. He has also raced in the Pikes Peak Ascent 1/2 marathon 10 times.


Bio Detail
Community Activity Detail
Occupation Detail
I met my wife Penny in medical school in Kansas City.  We trained in St. Louis then moved to Colorado Springs in 2004.  She is a local Anesthesiologist and I am an Ophthalmologist.  
Climbing Experience Detail


Memories From First Climb
On my first climb in 2010, we did not make it to the summit due to blizzard conditions!!  We were within 2 miles of the summit and turned around.  I felt like the jinx and that we had failed.   I later realized our teamwork and smart decisions kept us all safe.  
Memories From First Member Year
It was such an amazing honor to lead his historic club up the mountain.   I felt like I was king of the mountain!
Memories of Family
Waving goodbye to my kids while hiking up the trail gives me tears every year.  I can't imagine what it's like for a soldier to leave his family.  
Favorite Memories from Climbing Fourteeners
I would not be an AdAmAn member without the encouragement of my dear friend and fellow AdAmAn member Dr. Chuck Fogleman.  
Memories from Favorite Mountain Climb
I love an adventure. I loved the craziness of having to turn around in 2010. There were less than 10 of us left in the lead group. I was shocked to see Ted Lindeman still with the group after over 40 climbs with his thick glasses completely frosted over.
Memories of Favorite Gear
Memories of Worst Gear Failure
I didn't realize that Barr Camp cabins were so well heated at night, so on my first climb I packed a nearly 10 pound sleeping bag all the way up the mountain!