The Calling: A Life Rocked by Mountains
Mark Twight, Steve House, Sonnie Trotter
Simone moro interviewed by barry blanchard
Barry Blanchard (born March 29, 1959, in Calgary, Alberta, Canada) is one of North America's top alpinists, noted for pushing the standards of highly technical, high-risk alpine climbing in the Canadian Rockies and the Himalayas.
- Simone moro interviewed by barry blanchard
- The calling a life rocked by mountains by barry blanchard
- Climbing accomplishments
- Guiding career
- Notable ascents
The calling a life rocked by mountains by barry blanchard
He first came to note in 1983 with the first ascent of Andromeda Strain on Mount Andromeda in Alberta, Canada with David Cheesmond and Tim Friesen. In 1984, he climbed the North Spur of Rakaposhi, Pakistan with Dave Cheesmond and Kevin Doyle. With David Cheesmond, he climbed the North Pillar of North Twin, Alberta in 1985. Rather than resting on his laurels, he has continued to push the limits of alpinism since, including eight trips to Asia to climb in the Himalayas and Karakoram.
Blanchard has been involved with Yamnuska Mountain Adventures since its inception in the late 1970s. Blanchard is an internationally certified UIAGM mountain guide.
He helped in the making of Hollywood climbing movies including K2, Cliffhanger and Vertical Limit.
He lives in Canmore, Alberta, with his wife Catherine Mulvihill whom he met on a Mount Everest expedition in 1994, and their family.