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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.
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Photos by: Scott Adamson, Tim Banfield, Tico Gangulee, Geoff Unger, and Graham Zimmerman