• Barry Blanchard

Barry Blanchard

Alpine Climbing Ambassador

Hometown

Calgary, Canada

Resides

Canmore, Canada

One of Patagonia’s first ambassadors and a member of the R&D team, Canmore-based Barry Blanchard is aptly described as the “Bonatti of the Rockies.” Barry travels the globe in search of adventure on high alpine faces. His exploits include the first ascent of Infinite Patience on the Emperor Face of Mt. Robson, the first ascent of the North Pillar of North Twin, and a first ascent on the North Face of Les Droites.
Career Highlights
  • First ascent of Infinite Patience on the Emperor Face of Mt. Robson, Canada
  • First ascent of M-16 on the northeast face of Howse Peak, Canada
  • First ascent of the North Pillar of North Twin
  • First ascent of the Northwest Face of Les Droites, France
  • First ascent of the Andromeda Strain, Mt. Andromeda, Canada
  • Solo ascent of the North Face of Kusum Kanguru, Nepal
  • Received the 2002 Summit of Excellence Award at the Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival
  • Awarded honorary membership with The Alpine Club of Canada, 2011
  • Featured in the IMAX Extreme film, and a cameo in the Hollywood feature, Vertical Limit
  • Winner of the 2015 Boardman Tasker Award for Mountain Literature for his book, The Calling: A Life Rocked by Mountains