Mike Libecki

Mike Libecki has an unparalleled tick-list of first ascents in the world’s most remote and exotic places. A National Geographic Explorer, climber and soloist, he is addicted to exploring mysterious and untouched earth. The obsession has led him to establish multiple first ascents and solo ascents on big rock walls and towers in Afghanistan, Antarctica, Baffin Island, Kyrgyzstan, Venezuela, Yemen, Indonesia, Africa and many other notoriously risky and profound environments. Mike’s dedication to modern day exploration and sharing his quests with the public has earned him numerous awards and grants. He has completed over 69 major expeditions and is on track to achieve a life goal of 100 expeditions.

Awards

  • National Geographic Explorer
  • Two-time winner of the Shipton-Tilman Grant/Award from W.L. Gore & Associates
  • Four-time winner of the Mug Stumps Award
  • Two-time winner of the Copp-Dash Inspire Award
  • Two-time winner of the Lyman Spitzer/American Alpine Club Award
  • Winner of the Father of the Year at his daughter's school

Essential Gear

  • A necklace of St. Michael that my mom gave me, blessed by her priest. I have literally had it on for 20+ years! She told me if I wear it, I will always come home from expeditions...
  • A necklace with a small statue of my daughter that I have had on since she was born, so 13 years now.
  • A necklace with crystal from the top of a climb in Antarctica. This tower was named Bertha's Tower after my grandmother. This crystal is a token in honor of her.