"Why ration passion?"
Mike Libecki is self-diagnosed with what he calls, “Obsessive expedition climbing disorder.” That obsession has earned him numerous first ascents in some of the most remote places in the world, and status as a National Geographic Explorer and “Adventurer of the Year.” When not on an expedition (many of them solo), Libecki’s at home as a full-time dad to his daughter and their nine pets, or presenting his passion for life at a public speaking engagement. Libecki’s goals in life include completing 100 expeditions by the time he’s 100 years old (he’s on 67 expeditions), being the best dad he can be to his daughter, and opening a combination microbrewery and animal sanctuary some day.
Learn about Mike's latest climbing expedition in Greenland.
Mike Libecki By The Numbers
Proudest Moment: Without a doubt, when I became a father and my daughter was born. There is nothing more powerful and wonderful than being a father to my angel daughter. And now she is 13 years old, has been to all 7 continents, 21 countries, on 3 expeditions and just started we just started our own nonprofit humanitarian organization. I am so proud of my daughter. In regards to being an athlete, all of my solo expeditions have been very demanding and committing, especially the ones to Afghanistan and Antarctica, I am proud to have come home alive from those solo expeditions.
First Memory Climbing: Wow, FIRST memory? The first day I went climbing EVER was in the Sierra Nevada foothills, the crisp cold air, my fingers in rough, white granite, the intense moment of now climbing, the focus, the exhilaration, chalk on my fingers, getting to the top, pumped, heart racing, enthusiasm flowing…Moved to Yosmite shortly after and never looked back, that was 20+ years ago.
Photographers: Cory Richards, Andy Mann, Mike Schiff, Kieth Ladzinski