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Colin Haley

Colin Haley

Colin was born in Seattle in 1984 and still calls it home today. He grew up hiking, skiing and climbing in the rugged Cascade Mountains where he developed a love of mountain adventure and an indifference to foul weather. His climbing is focused on the mountains of Alaska and Patagonia, where he’s drawn to the steepest alpine faces.

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Photo: Mikey Schaefer

Begguya North Buttress Solo

Jun 1, 2017 June 1, 2017

I’ve just returned to Seattle from a trip to the Central Alaska Range, which was shorter than most with only two weeks of camping at Kahiltna Base Camp, but more successful than some Alaska Range trips I’ve done that were three times the length. In May 2012, I attempted to… Read More

Photo: Fred Beckey Collection

Following Fred

Aug 15, 2016 August 15, 2016

I met Fred Beckey for the first time during a dinner party at the house of another Seattle-based alpinist Alex Bertulis. Since I was only two at the time, all I have are my mom’s impressions of Fred: “He wasn’t very social and left the room early to go look… Read More

Above: This is the room in Gualboo’s lodge where Aymeric and I had been sleeping. I’m lucky that I happened to get up from my nap 15 minutes before the earthquake began. Photo: Colin Haley

Earthquake in the Langtang Valley

May 22, 2015 May 22, 2015

I got on a plane in Vancouver around midday on April 16. I was exhausted. After a four-month season in Patagonia, my six weeks back in North America turned out much less restful than I had imagined. Conditions had been excellent, and I couldn’t keep myself from going out… Read More

#VidaPatagonia – Hunger Games at Cerro San Lorenzo

#VidaPatagonia – Hunger Games at Cerro San Lorenzo

Dec 24, 2014 December 24, 2014

By Colin Haley After years of climbing exclusively in the Chalten Massif, I have finally exposed myself to another location in the Patagonian Andes. I spent most of November underneath Cerro San Lorenzo, Patagonia’s second-highest peak, with my longtime friend Rob Smith. While El Chalten becomes a bit more… Read More

Photo: Colin Haley

Chaltén 2015-2016

Apr 26, 2016 April 26, 2016

My previous Patagonia climbing season, climbing last year mostly with Marc-André Leclerc and Alex Honnold, had been my most successful yet. Among a bunch of other activity was the first ascent of the Travesía del Oso Buda, the first repeat and direct variation to El Arca de los Vientos, and… Read More

Climbing Season in Patagonia – La Via Funhogs

Climbing Season in Patagonia – La Via Funhogs

Feb 8, 2013 February 8, 2013

By Colin Haley My good friend Dylan Johnson has managed to briefly escape his responsibilities as a new father and self-employed architect to come down to El Chalten for some alpine adventure. Since he is only here for a whopping two weeks, and since he… Read More

Mt. Hunter!

Mt. Hunter!

Jun 15, 2009 June 15, 2009

I have just returned to Seattle from a three-week trip to the Central Alaska Range with Norwegian climber Bjørn-Eivind Årtun. The weather this May was significantly better than average — apart from a few days of snow showers and a wind storm that lasted for a few days, the weather… Read More