Posted on: March 1, 2007

[Photo] Bernard Gillett

Roger Briggs began climbing in the Flatirons near Boulder, Colorado, when he was twelve years old. Called by some a slow learner, he is still figuring out how to climb, whether at the Boulder Rock Club, Shelf Road, Eldorado or on Longs Peak. He recently retired after thirty-one years of public school teaching and is now a freelance researcher and writer with more time to improve.

[Photo] Jon Walsh

Jon Walsh started climbing in Squamish, British Columbia, in 1993. Now based out of Golden, BC, he makes his living as a carpenter and photographer and spends as much time as possible seeking out unclimbed choss, sketchy mixed terrain and wobbly pillars in the Rockies.

[Photo] Jia Condon

Born in New Zealand, Greg Landreth spent his first twenty-five years roaming the mountains of his home country while pretending to train as a mechanical engineer. In 1986 he jumped aboard the sailboat Northanger on a quick excursion to Antarctica. Twenty years later (and now with his wife, Keri Pashuk) he's still there, seeking the ultimate Comici line straight out of the sea.

[Photo] Evrard Wendenbaum

Paris-based Evrard Wendenbaum has carried a camera with him on crags and mountains since his youth, but not until 2004 did he realize that he enjoyed taking pictures even more than he liked climbing. By the end of that year, he was photographing the men and women whose posters had once hung in his childhood room.


[Photo] Anne Skidmore

An unrepentant New Englander, Freddie Wilkinson launches annual campaigns to Alaska and Patagonia from his home in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Bad weather, thick vegetation, runout slabs, flared cracks, loose blocks, rampant black flies, rotten yellow ice and rusted quarter-inchers—he can't think of a better place to call home.

[Photo] Alexander Ruchkin

In 1975 Alexander Odintsov entered Russia's Leningrad Mining Institute to study geology, but he learned more about storytelling as he and his Alpine Club friends came up with excuses to prolong their time in the mountains. He is a repeat winner of the climbing championships of the USSR/Russia and the founder and leader of the Russian Big Wall Project. In 2004 he and his team won the Piolet d'Or for their first ascent of the north face of Jannu. His love for good tales has stuck with him, and he remains an aficionado of the poet Joseph Brodsky.

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