Angie Abdou is an Associate Professor of creative writing at Athabasca University. Her first novel, The Bone Cage, was a finalist for Canada Reads 2011.
Grant is a Leo award-winning director, cinematographer, editor and music composer based in Vancouver, Canada. He has a varied background working with documentaries, sports films and narratives.
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.
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Michael Brown’s tenacity and upbeat attitude have brought him to the summit of Mount Everest five times—once while shooting and directing Farther Than the Eye Can See which documented Weihenmayer’s historic ascent.
Based in Vallouise, France, Jean Burgun has been climbing since he can remember.
Growing up in Colorado, Tommy Caldwell’s family were an adventurous lot, prone to camping, skiing, and rock climbing. His father, a former bodybuilder and mountain guide, was determined to instill toughness and a love of the outdoors in his son.
Claire Carter is a writer and filmmaker based in North Wales, UK.
Genevieve Carver is a UK poet and surfer searching for the humanity amidst the chaos.
Daffern, Gillean & Tony
When Gillean and Tony Daffern came to Canada in 1966 they were already mountain lovers, having climbed extensively in the hills of Britain, Norway, the Arctic Island of Spitzbergen and the great peaks of the European Alps.
Hazel Findlay has been climbing for 20 of her 28 years, and started out trad climbing on the limestone sea cliffs of Pembrokeshire, Wales.
Michael "Mick" Fowler has been a leading figure in the climbing world for 40 years.
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