Chris grew up in Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains before finding climbing while studying cinematography at New York University, and has been hooked ever since. After beginning his guiding career in 2006 with a move to the Pacific Northwest, Chris has climbed, guided, and skied across the world from the Western US to Alaska, New Zealand, Australia, Europe, Nepal, Africa, Mexico, the Andes, and Canada. His climbing achievements include everything from Yosemite big walls to new routes and virgin summits, and his guiding career has taken him from Ouray to Denali, and up and down Mt. Hood too many times to count.
An avid first ascensionist, Chris has received the prestigious Mugs Stump and American Alpine Club Lyman Spitzer Cutting Edge Awards for his climbs in India and Nepal, where he made the first ascents of multiple routes on unclimbed peaks, including Pangbuk North (6,589m) via Purgation (VI WI6+ M6), which is also the title of a feature article published in the 2014 American Alpine Journal. That same year’s journal also includes a new route Chris and his partner Scott Adamson opened on the famed East Face of the Alaska’s Mooses Tooth, Terror (VI WI6 M7 R/X A2). In addition to climbs in the greater ranges, Chris has also climbed new routes from Oregon to Norway, and has made significant repeats of alpine classics, including a free-solo ascent of the Matterhorn North Face in only four hours and fifteen minutes, and guided ascents of the Matterhorn, the Mont Blanc, Grand Capucin and Aiguille Verte, among others.
He is easily excited by coffee, beer, and wine, and greasy food of any sort, especially Thai fried chicken.
Dawn Glanc, pronounced "Glance", was born and raised in Brunswick Ohio. In 1996, at the age of 21, she moved to the Black Hills of South Dakota. This is where she learned to rock and ice climb. After 8 years in the hills, Dawn wanted to explore bigger mountains and more complex terrain. In 2004, Dawn moved to Bellingham Washington to begin a career as a Mountain Guide. Dawn is certified by the American Mountain Guide Association. She has guided clients of all ages, and clients with varying levels of abilities.
Dawn is now based in Ouray Colorado. She is a Co-owner of Chicks Climbing and Skiing. Dawn is also serves as a Ouray City Councilor. Whenever possible, Dawn spends her time travelingto different climbing destinations. Dawn has climbed all over the western United States, as well as Canada, France, Norway, Greece, Montenegro, Croatia, Sardinia and Iceland. Dawn has also competed in the Ouray Ice Festival Competition, winning the women’s division in 2009 and 2011. She also won first place at the 2012 Teva Winter Games.
I grew up In Spokane, Washington. The Pacific Northwest, in my opinion, is the greatest place on earth to be a climber and outdoorsman. All disciplines of climbing can be entertained within a short distance from my home. I grew up climbing, but never intended for it to become a part of my daily life. I saw first-hand the difficulties intertwined with climbing and family. As I became more involved, I realized what my father had felt as I was growing up. Climbing becomes an addiction...an obsession. I feel lost and useless without it. Mountains help me navigate what is most important to me.They balance the chaos that is regular life. Balance is what I strive to accomplish with climbing—a balance of life, love and mountains. Alpine climbing is a lifelong activity. I live and breath it.
Growing up in Minneapolis, Katie’s first introduction to the outdoors came in cross country ski racing. This taught her many skills that she would use later on, including how to suffer for long periods of time and how to cope with absurdly cold weather. In high school, Katie travelled to the Canadian Rockies for the first time on a training trip and fell in love with the mountains. This love affair deepened while ski racing for Dartmouth College in New Hampshire when she discovered climbing. After retiring from the ski racing circuit in 2011, Katie began guiding and had the chance to pursue climbing more extensively.
Now Katie lives in Canmore, Alberta, in the first mountains that blew her mind over a decade ago. She also spends several months of the year guiding big-mountain and alpine terrain in Washington, Alaska, and South America. Katie gets way too excited about pretty much any kind of climbing, but the mental component and commitment of alpine climbing is a huge draw for her. She also has a thing for moving fast in the mountains. With an inherently fast-and-light (albeit non-mountainous) background of ski racing and trail running, she finds it really rewarding to combine those elements with climbing. Katie recently discovered the joys of mixed climbing, as well, and probably spends more time hanging upside-down on ice tools than is good for her.
Katie also really enjoys the multi-faceted component of climbing because there are so many aspects of it that can contribute to your experiences as a climber, and because of that, there’s always something new and different to learn about yourself, your partners, and your environment.
“Marcus Garcia might be the best climber you’ve never heard of.” — Rock and Ice Magazine, issue 238.
Marcus is an all-around climber, and has established over 200 new routes, including everything from traditional, sport, and mixed climbing to big walls and desert towers. However, his biggest accomplishment and legacy is not how hard he can push himself, but what he passes on to the next generation of climbers as a coach and mentor. As lead coach for youth Team USA Ice Climbing, Marcus is helping develop the next generation of Olympic Caliber athletes.
Thirty year old male. Heavy drinker. Of coffee. Sporter of Moustache. Enamored with alpinism and the experiences, challenges and relationships that come from it.
Born in New Zealand raised in the Northwest. After being exposed to alpine terrain in the Cascades he moved back to NZ where he cut his teeth in the Southern Alps and became a strong part of the Kiwi climbing community. Then, after graduating from university in 2007 he moved back to the states and has been focused on climbing as it applies to alpinism ever since. This has taken him on expeditions from Alaska to Patagonia to Kyrgyzstan to Pakistan and all over the lower 48 and Canada where he has established numerous new routes on rock, ice and snow. He has been awarded the New Zealand Alpinist of the Year Award, the American Alpine Club’s Cutting Edge Award and been a finalist for the Piolet D’or.
Outside of his climbing career Graham is a producer and director with Bedrock Film Works. In this role he specializes in creative development, complex logistics and the integration of film and other content into marketing strategy.
John Long is a legendary rock climber, world adventurer, and best-seller in the outdoor industry. His feats include the first one-day ascent of El Capitan and a coast-to-coast traverse of Borneo. He has written numerous books, including Climbing Anchors and More Climbing Anchors, and coauthored Advanced Rock Climbing and Big Walls.
Long joined teenage climbers John Bachar, Rick Accomazzo, Richard Harrison, Tobin Sorenson, Robs Muir, Gib Lewis (climber), Lynn Hill, Jim Wilson, and Mike Graham as founding members of an elite group known as the "Stonemasters". As the result of the groups exploits, from the French Alps to the North Pole, combined with Long’s popular writings, the Stonemaster ethos was central in the “extreme” adventure sports culture.
While Long and the Stonemasters branched out into diverse disciplines including caving, river running and first descents, extreme skiing, big wave surfing, trans-continental traverses, BASE jumping and Himalaya alpine climbing, the original renown sprang from establishing scores of daring new rock climbs–throughout the 1970s and 80s–in Southern California and Northern Mexico, most notably at Tahquitz and Suicide Rock in Idyllwild, Joshua Tree National Park, and Yosemite Valley, all in California, and El Gran Trono Blanco, in Baja, Mexico.