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Barry Blanchard Speaker Tour


Thu 27 Sep 2012, 7:00pm–9:30pm

Where: The Cashmere Club, 88 Hunter Terrace, Cashmere, Christchurch

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • GA: $20.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Barry Blanchard is known worldwide as the father of modern Canadian waterfall ice climbing and technical high risk routes in the Canadian Rockies. He is also a well-known raconteur, writer and mentor and is a prolific public speaker world wide. He is a Canadian of Native American descent.

Barry first came to the fore in 1983 with the first ascent of Andromeda Strain on Mount Andromeda in Alberta, Canada. In 1984, he climbed the North Spur of Rakaposhi, Pakistan followed by the North Pillar of North Twin, Alberta in 1985.

He has continued to push the limits of alpinism since, including eight trips to Asia to climb in the Himalayas and Karakoram. Most impressive was his bold alpine style attempt of the massive Rupal Face of Nanga Parbat; the team came very close to summiting before having to turn around due to stormy weather. An epic descent followed including the accidental throwing away of the ropes and the lucky discovery of some new ones! More recent additions in his own backyard are M16 on Howse Peak and his long awaited ascent of Infinite Patience on the Emperor face of Mt. Robson.

Barry is an internationally certified UIAGM guide and frequently works as a safety coordinator for Hollywood, having worked on Cliffhanger, The Vertical Limit and K2.

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