Chris WrightSport: Alpine Ambassador
Currently: Bend, OR
Chris is an IFMGA Mountain Guide and alpinist who splits his time between obsessions with climbing, skiing, and eating. His most recent fixations have been with climbing in the Himalaya and exploring Asia, which have led to the first ascents of hard new routes and a lasting love for Thai fried chicken. Chris grew up in Pennsylvania's Pocono Mountains before finding climbing in college, and has been hooked ever since. Chris has climbed, guided, and skied across the world from the Western US to Nepal, and from Alaska to New Zealand, Australia, Europe, Asia, Africa, Mexico and Canada. His climbing achievements include everything from the crags of Central Oregon to Yosemite big walls and virgin summits, and his guiding career has taken him from Ouray to Denali, and up and down Mt. Hood too many times to count.Chris will be spending this summer preparing for this fall's Mugs Stump Award and American Alpine Club Lyman Spitzer Cutting Edge Award-funded expedition to attempt the six-thousand foot North Pillar of Nepal's Teng Kangpoche (21,282').
SIGNIFICANT ASCENTS & DESCENTS
- Purgation (VI WI6+ M6), First Ascent (route and peak), Pangbuk North, 21,617', Khumbu Himal, Nepal
- Open Fire (V WI5 M3), First Ascent (route and peak), Lunag West, 21,348', Khumbu Himal, Nepal
- Terror (VI WI6 M7 R/X A2), First Ascent, Mooses Tooth, 10,335', Alaska Range, AK
- Ladies' Couloir (III AI3+), First Ascent (route and peak), Mantok II, 9,800’, Alaska Range, AK
- Wright-Pond (III 5.11R), First Ascent, Cutthroat Creek Wall, WA
- Box or No Box (5.11+), First Ascent, Mecca, OR
- Cougar Sunrise (5.10 M6), First Ascent, Cougar Cliff, OR
- Los Pollos Hermanos (5.10b), Smith Rock, OR
- North Selkirks Traverse, Selkirk Mountains, Canada
- Hourglass Route, Mt. Sir Sanford, Adamant Mountains, Canada
- North Face, Pioneer Peak, Chugach, AK
- Liberty Crack (V 5.10 C2), Liberty Bell Spire, WA
- West Buttress (AK2 50°), Denali, 20,237', AK
- Jamapa Glacier (II 45°), Pico de Orizaba, 18,490', Mexico
- Mt. Hood, nearly 100 ascents, OR
- Ascents of the classics from the Tetons to the Sierra, Wind River Range, Enchantments, North Cascades, Washington Pass, Red Rocks and more
- One of less than a hundred American UIAGM/IFMGA Internationally Licensed Mountain Guides
Chris’s Top 5:
- Having a context to see so many beautiful parts of the world and share such intense experiences with such incredible people.
- The wonder that these amazing communities can exist around things so ostensibly silly as clawing up rocks or sliding down snow.
- An excuse to regularly eat immense amounts of food and refer to it as either training or recovery.
- A forum to give everything to something.
- The 18 oz Coffee and Tea Flask with a Wide Mouth Flat Cap. It's slim, light, and delivers warm, sugary chai well into my afternoon bonk.