Expedition leader Cedar Wright, of Boulder, Colorado, has been climbing for 23 years. He distinctly recalls reading the February 1998 issue of National Geographic that featured the first American climbing expedition to Queen Maud Land, Antarctica, in the austral summer of 1996-97. It was the inspiration that drew him to start climbing big walls in Yosemite. “When I read that issue of Nat Geo and saw those guys hanging off the side of this sheer cliff face, out in the middle of nowhere, in this crazy glacier environment, I remember thinking, ‘God, that is so outrageous!’”
Wright would go on to become a leading big-wall climber and self-professed adventure junkie. “It quickly became a big goal of mine to climb a big wall on all seven continents,” says Wright. So far, he has ticked walls on six—all but Antarctica. “This is my bucket-list trip,” he explains. “I can’t believe it’s actually happening.”
Wright is also directing and filming a documentary about this adventure.
- Age: 42
- Years climbing: 23
- Number of expeditions: 20+
- Nat Geo Expeditions