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Heidi Wirtz

Heidi Wirtz is one of the country’s few prominent female adventure climbers. She has been climbing for over twenty years, letting her passion for adventure and exploration lead her to places such as Nepal, Morocco, Jordan, Siberia, Tasmania, Czech Republic, Eastern Europe, Pakistan, South America, Canada etc. Heidi has pioneered new routes up unclimbed big walls and mountains and pushed the limits of female exploration. She is known in the United States as Heidi Almighty for her bold and technical climbing as well as speed ascents in Yosemite Valley. Heidi is also known for her philanthropic work and her passion for yoga. She is co-founder of Girls Education International, an organization that helps bring education to women and girls in underserved areas throughout the world. Heidi inspires and empowers people from all walks of life to find deeper awareness and follow their dreams.

Some of Heidi’s notable first ascents include: Bad Hair Day IV 5.12a in the Bugaboos; Qui Lombo IV 5.11+ A1 on San Rafael in Patagonia; Pufigu IV 5.12b in the Sayan Mountains in Siberia; and Dar al salam IV 13a in Wadi Rum, Jordan.

Some of Heidi’s notable hardest climbs include: The Wasp in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado, I 5.13a (trad); Milk Bone at the Flatirons in Boulder, CO, I 5.13- (sport); Gold Dog Special (FFA Team) Black Canyon of the Gunnison, CO, V 5.13a; and Fish Crack in Yosemite Valley, CA, 5.12b, onsight.

Born in Sacramento, CA, Heidi currently lives in Boulder, CO. In addition to her philanthropic work, Heidi has also been featured in numerous outdoor publications and has appeared in several climbing films.

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