For most of his career, he has focused on big-rock routes
For most of his climbing career, Peter has concentrated on big-rock routes. Starting in Canada, where he grew up, he inevitably gravitated to Yosemite Valley, where, after climbing the biggest cliffs there, he began to do link-ups of two or more big walls in a day. This led to his present neurosis: big traverses and link-ups in the High Sierra. He sometimes writes about his adventures in various climbing magazines and, in between climbs, logs serious couch-time watching TV with his wife, Karine, and Pee Wee the dog.
Favorite Destination: High Sierra
Favorite The North Face® Product: Prolix Pant: a great climbing pant, very durable, clean lines.
Proudest Moment: Starting climbing.
Cause(s): The wilderness.
Words To Live By: Realize that you suck and that you are superman.
Favorite Moment In History: The Year TiVo was invented.
Most Recent Epic: Being pounded by storms and sickness in Patagonia.
Ambition: After climbing, going surfing.
Weakness: Things with caffeine.
Three Things People Should Know About Me: I'm terrified of spiders, I love night climbing, and I'm afraid of the dark.
. First ascent of Blowhard, V 5.12+, High Sierra, 2005
. First ascent of Samurai Worries, V 5.12, High Sierra, 2005
. First ascent of Venturi Effect V 5.12+, High Sierra, 2004
. First ascent of Airstream V 5.13, High Sierra, 2004
. First ascent of the Evolution Traverse, the Sierras, 2000
. First ascent of Sponsar Brakk via 8,000-ft. rock route VI 5.11, Pakistan, 1998
. First solo and one-day Minaret Traverse, the Sierras, 1992
. First one-day link-up of the Nose and Salathe routes on El Capitan, Yosemite, 1992
. First free ascent of Moonlight Buttress V 5.12d/13a, 1991
. First free ascent of the Shadow V 5.13, onsight of crux pitch, 1988
. First free solo link-up of Astroman and the Rostrum, 1987
. First free solo of Astroman V 5.11, 1987
. First one-day link-up of the Nose of El Capitan and Half Dome, Yosemite, 1986
. First traverse of the Waddington Range, 1985
. First free solo of the Rostrum V 5.11, Yosemite, 1985
. First free ascent of University Wall V 5.12, Squamish, 1982
. Moving Over Stone (Parts 1 and 2)
. Masters of Stone
. Painted Spider
. Beyond Gravity
. Authored The Good, the Great and the Awesome (2002), a select guide to the alpine rock routes of the High Sierra
. Gold Medal at the Milano Montagna (2000)
. The American Alpine Club’s Underhill Award (1991)
. Shishapangma Expedition
. Eastern Sierras