Posted on: September 1, 2007

[Photo] John Scurlock

Every day John Scurlock looks up at the peaks and asks himself whether he could fly there now. A longtime pilot and "gentleman" climber, he lives in Concrete, Washington, on the banks of the mighty Skagit River with his wife, Karen Nolan, and their eight cats.

[Photo] Megan Jones

Gallaudet Howard is a family nurse practitioner who writes fiction in her attic after hours. After living, working and climbing on the banks of the Ganges, a commune in New England and the University of Iowa campus, she has recently gone to ground in a Massachusetts farmhouse with her husband and two sons.

[Photo] Marko Prezelj

Dean Potter was born in New Hampshire, and the live-free-or-die ethos still courses through his veins. If you think the Delicate Arch raised a ruckus, stay tuned: his next plans involve Dick Cheney, the Outside Magazine photography crew and a monkey.

[Photo] Eric Draper

Mike Anderson has enjoyed all disciplines of climbing for fifteen years. A mechanical engineer in the US Air Force, he is currently stationed at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He enjoys long walks with his wife, Janelle, and longer drives to Zion on the weekends.

[Photo] Marko Prezelj

Marko Prezelj trained as a chemical engineer, but he escaped the profession to become a climbing guide and photographer. When not on expedition, Prezelj lives in Kamnik, Slovenia, with his wife, Katja, and sons, Tim and Bor.

[Photo] Freddie Wilkinson collection

Freddie Wilkinson began his ascents at age thirteen with a winter hike up Mt. Washington. The next year, he did his first lead: Pitch 1 of Consolation Prize on the Cannon Slabs. Most of the pitch has now toppled, a fate he hopes to avoid.

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