9/06/2013

Edelweiss Athlete - Kyle Dempster

Kyle Dempster is a rough and tough lad that was raised in Salt Lake City, UT. He comes from a family of outdoor and physically minded parents and siblings. Dempster started climbing rocks when he was 12 years old, after his cousin recruited him as his belay-slave at Pete’s Rock in the Wasatch Range.

Since then Dempster has taken the sport of climbing like a storm with many hard first ascents on alpine routes in Asia and other parts of the world. Although his heart and focus is set on alpine ascents and throwing an axe at ice, he is no stranger to the other disciplines of climbing. His pursuits have led him to be presented with many grants and awards, including a Piolet d’Or.

Climbing is his life, but if he isn’t on the other side of the world clinging onto some technical mountain face, he is most likely tending to his coffee shop businessin Salt Lake City.

Kyle Dempster has many tales to tell with all the adventures that he has and will be on. Not only is he a great climber but he is also a talented writer. Follow his adventures on his climbing blog Though My Eyes.

Accomplishments:
  • Nominated for the Piolet d’Or in 2011 for his first ascent of China’s east-face of Mt Edgar
  • Awarded the Piolet d’Or in 2010 for his first ascent of The Great White Jade Heist on China’s north-face of the Xuelian West (Tian Shan)
  • Awarded the The Robert Hicks Bates Award in 2012, by the American Alpine Club, for his mastery in the alpine environment and his notable ascents around the world
  • Made the first ascent of Hassan Peak in Pakistan's Charakusa Valley
  • Made the first ascent of the central couloir on the west face of China’s Mount Grosvenor
  • 24-day solo climb on Pakastan’s Tahu Rutum



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