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Patagonia Alpine Climbing Ambassador Kelly Cordes
Patagonia Alpine Climbing Ambassador Kelly Cordes

Kelly Cordes

Alpine Climbing, Rock Climbing
Hometown
State College, PA
Resides
Estes Park, CO
Bio
Adhering to a life-long avoidance of full-time work, Kelly specializes in margaritas, maximizing outdoor time and climbing alpine-style routes. This minimalism influences his climbing, which includes the first ascent of the Azeem Ridge in “disaster style.” Professionally, a stint at Pizza Hut (flexible hours, free leftovers) led to years of shack dwelling, which, somehow, led to a living climbing and writing.
Career Highlights
  • First ascent of the Azeem Ridge on Great Trango Tower, Pakistan
  • First link-up of Tiempos Perdidos and the upper West Face ice routes on Cerro Torre, Patagonia
  • First ascent of Personal Jesus on Nevado Ulta, Peru
  • First ascent of The Trailer Park on London Tower, Alaska
  • First ascent of Deadbeat, Thunder Mountain, Alaska
  • First ascent of Ring of Fire, Thunder Mountain, Alaska