Uniting the climbing community on climate advocacy.

“It’s time to give the climbing community a platform to speak up about climate change.”
– Tommy Caldwell

POW Climb is a unique division of the POW Alliance focused on engaging the climbing community in climate action.

By highlighting the climate impacts most relevant to climbers, POW Climb works to connect the climbing community with opportunities for advocacy and activism while amplifying the community’s voice to affect systemic solutions to climate change.

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The Team

Adrian Ballinger

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Adrian Ballinger

Adrian is Alpenglow Expedition’s head guide and founder, and has been guiding full-time for fifteen years. He is the only American to ski two 8,000-meter peaks, was the first person to ski Manaslu, and was the first person to summit three 8,000 meter peaks in three weeks. In addition, Adrian has led over 100 international climbing expeditions on 5 continents. Sharing the mountains with friends and clients is what Adrian lives for. In the foreseeable future, Adrian plans to ski, climb, and guide in the Himalayas, South America, Alaska, and at his home in Squaw Valley.

Angela Hawse

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Angela Hawse

Angela is one of few female IFMGA guides. She was the 6th in the U.S. and one of few women to sustain a full-time career as a technical guide. She has led over 25 high altitude expeditions all over the world, ski traversed Lapland from Sweden to Norway, ski guides in Antarctica and led an all-women’s ski descent of Mt. Elbrus in Russia. She owns Chicks Climbing and Skiing, is an Instructor Team Lead for the AMGA and works as a guide and avalanche forecaster for Telluride Helitrax. Angela has a Masters Degree in International Mountain Conservation and is an educator and advocate of the environment with long history of service work and giving back. In 2011 Angela was awarded the “AMGA Guide of the Year”

Beth Rodden

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Beth Rodden

Beth is an American rock climber most notably known for being the youngest woman to climb 5.14a, and is one of the only women in the world to have redpointed a 5.14c traditional climb. Beth likes to travel the world for great climbing, good friends and tasty food.

Conrad Anker

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Conrad Anker

Conrad Anker is the leader of The North Face climbing team and a legend in the climbing and mountaineering community, where he is renowned for tackling challenging routes throughout the Americas, Himalayas and Antarctica, including multiple first ascents. Conrad lives in Bozeman, Mont., and sits on the board of the Conservation Alliance and the Leadership Institute of Montana State University. Conrad is also vice president of the Alex Lowe Charitable Foundation.

Emily Harrington

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Emily Harrington

Emily is a professional rock climber and adventurer with major accomplishments on the USA Climbing Team. She has 5 US national Sport Climbing Championships and 2 North American Championships. Her passion truly lies in outdoor climbing though. She shifted her focus towards this and has numerous first female ascents, has free climbed Yosemite’s El Capitan, summited Everest, and has climbed mountains in Nepal, China, Myanmar, Crimea, and Morocco.”

Graham Zimmerman

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Graham Zimmerman

Thirty year old male. Heavy drinker. Of coffee. Sporter of Moustache. Enamored with alpinism and the experiences, challenges and relationships that come from it.

Born in New Zealand raised in the Northwest. After being exposed to alpine terrain in the Cascades he moved back to NZ where he cut his teeth in the Southern Alps and became a strong part of the Kiwi climbing community. Then, after graduating from university in 2007 he moved back to the states and has been focused on climbing as it applies to alpinism ever since. This has taken him on expeditions from Alaska to Patagonia to Kyrgyzstan to Pakistan and all over the lower 48 and Canada where he has established numerous new routes on rock, ice and snow.

Matt Segal

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Matt Segal

Originally from Miami, Florida, Segal left the beaches for the mountains of Boulder, Colorado. He has been climbing since 1998, the first years dedicated to traveling the US and Europe for indoor competition. After many successful comp seasons Segal realized there was more to climbing than gymnastic movement on plastic holds, so he ditched the gym and journeyed outside.

Some say if Segal hadn’t become a professional rock climber, he could have made a solid go at it in the world of used car sales.  His level of enthusiasm for climbing and adventure is unrivaled.  When pitching an idea for a trip, Matt’s voice creeps up steadily in volume, and his gaze becomes more intense.  Then, at the crescendo of the proposal, he’ll explode with “It’ll be great!”  A born explorer, Segal has a sixth sense for sniffing out obscure, wild rock climbing destinations.

He’s traveled the world, from China to Argentina, mostly focusing on establishing the most difficult traditional climbs he can find. Some of his proudest lines include The Iron Monkey (5.14) in Eldorado Canyon, CO, The Orangutan Overhang (5.14-) in Independence Pass, CO and Air China (5.13d R) in Liming, China. Recently he’s also collaborated with both scientists and photographers on National Geographic expeditions where his skills as a climber have proven to be valuable.

Segal graduated from Naropa University with degrees in Psychology and Religious Studies with an emphasis in Tibetan Buddhism. Even though not working in his academic field, he carries the knowledge he acquired in his everyday life. He tries to live by the words of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, the late founder of Naropa University, when he said: “The arrival of chaos should be regarded as extremely good news.”

Tommy Caldwell

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Tommy Caldwell

Tommy resides in Estes Park Colorado with his wife Becca, son Fitz and daughter Ingred. He was raised by an adventurous father and mountain guide who taught him to embrace fear and doubt and turn them into inspiration. Given this attitude, Tommy has established some of the hardest routes in the country and free climbed 12 routes on El Capitan in Yosemite.

He believes difficult journeys, with little chance for success, teach him the most. This attitude is no better exemplified than by his first free ascent of the Dawn Wall in January of 2015, and his first ascent of the Fitz Traverse in Patagonia in February of 2014.

“I go into the mountains each day as a way to explore limits and self and to increase my love for the world we live in.”

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