Chris Kalman is a climber and writer from the Pacific Northwest. After growing up in Northern Virginia, his love of climbing took him out west, and all over the world. He has not spent an entire calendar year in the United States since he turned 18, 11 years ago.
For the past four winters, Chris has travelled down to Cochamó in Southern Chile to establish new routes on remote granite big walls. He has established five routes over the last four years, three of which were on previously unclimbed walls, and helped out on multiple others. While most of his lines have become "instant classics" in the area, his greatest route to date is Las Manos del Dia, a 12 pitch 5.11+ comparable in quality and difficulty to Yosemite's Astroman, which he established in 2012 with Grant Simmons, and Daniel Seeliger.
Aside from climbing, Chris is a talented author. He is a regular contributor to Alpinist, and Rock and Ice magazines, as well as the American Alpine Journal. Chris is currently working on a new guidebook to Index, one of the best crags in the United States, and preparing himself mentally and physically for an upcoming trip (for which he and partners were awarded the 2014 Copp-Dash Award) to Torres del Paine to attempt a new route on Cerro Catedral. You can follow along Chris's writing and adventures at www.chriskalman.com