Posted on: November 27, 2006

[Photo] Robert Thoren

When she's not pulling all-nighters as a freelancer or as Production Director for elephant—Boulder, Colorado's "mindful life" magazine— twenty-three-year-old Abbey Smith ("The End of the Beginning") can be found commuting between coffee-shop offices on her bike, topping out highballs in Rocky Mountain National Park or basking in Colorado's eternal sunshine.

[Photo] Rok Zalokar

In the last thirty-five years Andrej Stremfelj ("The Weight of Thin Air"), from Kranj, Slovenia, has climbed more than 1,500 routes, including the 1991 alpine-style ascent of the Southwest Ridge of Kangchenjunga, with Marko Prezelj, which won the inaugural Piolet d'Or. In 1990 he and his wife, Marija, became the first married couple to summit Mt. Everest. They now have three children, Katarina, Anze and Nez, all of whom climb harder than we do.

[Photo] Ed Darackcollection

Ed Darack ("A Short March to the Hindu Kush") published his first book, the Boardman-Tasker Award-nominee 6194: Denali Solo, in 1993. In the years since, he has held gigs as a freelance writer, cartographer and photographer. He plans to return as soon as possible to the Hindu Kush to fill in more blank spaces on his maps.

[Photo] Glenn Dunmire


When Jim Bridwell ("Bird's Eye View") arrived in Yosemite in 1962, he was happy just to go bouldering. How things have changed. One of America's most influential climbers, he currently resides in Palm Desert, California, with his wife, Peggy, and son, Layton, where he's hard at work on his autobiography.

[Photo] Christian Santelices

The founder, owner and chief guide of Blonde Ambition Guiding, Steve "Shipoopi" Schneider ("Mountain Profile: The Central Tower of Paine") has climbed El Cap ninety times (including the first solo of the Nose in a day), sent 5.14, established hairball routes in Tuolumne and led expeditions to Mongolia, Pakistan, Alaska and Peru. He and his wife, Heather Baer, spend each winter in Puerto Natales, Chile, and split the rest of thier time between Oakland and Mariposa, California.

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