Jesse Huey

Sport

Climb

Hometown

Seatle, Washington

Hometown

Seatle, Washington

Sport

Climb

Jesse grew up in Seattle against the backdrop of the Cascade Mountains. This is where he first developed a 'climbing disorder', which became quite serious while in college. Since then, Jesse has established an omnivorous appetite for all climbing styles. Adored by his partners, Jesse is sometimes called Shrek and often asked 'how do you fit those sausage fingers in those tiny cracks', a comment he takes as a compliment. The jovial Jesse sees climbing as the beautiful balance between pushing his own limits and forging friendships, both aspects holding equal weight and as important as breathing. When Jesse isn’t climbing, he can be found working as a land surveyor- a mysterious and sequestered profession he learned from his father. He attributes his time working and life juggling as motivation for his next objectives, which if it's not climbing, is almost certainly trying to perfect a new bread recipe.

Achievements

  • The Slovak Direct, AK grade VI, 3000m, south face of Denali, Alaska, June 2010 with Mark Westman
  • Freerider in a day, 5.12d, 1000m, El Capitan, Yosemite National Park, USA, October 2012, led all pitches free in 14 hours with jumar support from Dave Alfrey
  • The Dru Couloir direct, M8, 1800m, North Face of the Dru, Chamonix France, April 2012, all free ascent with Maury Birdwell and Jonathan Griffith
  • Armageddon, 5.12d, 1000m, first free ascent of North Howser Tower, Bugaboo Provincial Park, Canada, August 2016
  • First ascent and first free ascent, Original Sin, 5.12d, 600m, Mt. Hooker, Winder River Range Wyoming, USA, August 2016
  • The Shadow, 5.13, Stawamus Chief, Squamish, British Columbia, Canada

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