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Never get separated from your primal urges.
– Gerry Roach

About Gerry Roach

Photo of Gerry Roach below Boulder's Flatirons Gerry below Boulder’s Flatirons Photo of Gerry Roach on top of Tanzania's Little Meru Gerry on top of Tanzania’s
Little Meru

Gerry Roach moved to Boulder Colorado as a lad in 1954, and started climbing rocks and mountains shortly thereafter. Over five decades later, he continues pursuing his mountaineering passion with all the energy he can muster.


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In the intervening years, Gerry became a world-class mountaineer. After climbing Mount Everest in 1983, he went on to become the second person to climb the highest peak on each of the seven continents in 1985. In over 50 years of mountaineering that span 6 different calendar decades, Gerry has climbed in dozens of states and countries. He has been on 24 Alaskan expeditions, 10 Andean expeditions and 7 Himalayan expeditions, including first ascents in the kingdom of Bhutan. In 1997, he summited 26,360-foot Gasherbrum II in the Karakorum. In 2000, Gerry became the first person to climb the ten highest peaks in North America. After this climb, he was the subject of a Fast and Light article in Rock and Ice. In 2003, Gerry became the first person to climb every major peak over 16,000 feet in North America. Gerry is a member of the Colorado Mountain Club, the Sierra Club, and the American Alpine Club.

Closer to home, Gerry has climbed more than 2,000 peaks in Colorado, including all the Fourteeners, which he completed for the first time in 1975. He finished climbing every ranked Thirteener in Colorado in 2010. He finished climbing every named and ranked peak in the Indian Peaks Wilderness and Rocky Mountain National Park in 2001. He has also climbed every peak in the Colorado counties of Boulder, Gilpin and Clear Creek, and every named peak in Jefferson County. He completed visits to all 64 Colorado counties in 2001, and became the tenth person to achieve this feat. He is also a member of the coveted Highpointers’ Double Century Club for visiting more than 250 county summits nationwide, and he has done all 50 of the US State Summits. In 2004, Gerry completed the 99 classic desert peaks on the Sierra Club’s fabled Desert Peaks List. Pursuing another venue, Gerry has visited the highpoints of 51 of the 58 US National Parks.

Gerry is also an accomplished rock climber. His first book, Flatiron Classics, is a guide to the trails and easier rock climbs in the Flatirons above Boulder. His second book, Rocky Mountain National Park, is a guide to the classic hikes and climbs in the park. His guide Colorado’s Indian Peaks, now in its second edition, remains the definitive mountaineering guide to that special area. In his guide Colorado’s Fourteeners, Gerry conveys his intimate knowledge of, and love for Colorado’s high peaks. In Colorado’s Lost Creek Wilderness, Gerry expanded the scope of his guidebooks, and continued to convey his love for Colorado’s mountains. His most recent guidebook is Colorado’s Thirteeners, which he co-authored with Jennifer. After returning from his numerous expeditions, Gerry climbs in Colorado’s mountains to re-hone his skills, and write about his experiences. His first three narratives are Transcendent Summits, Ride the Breath, and Orthogonal Adventures. Mountaineering in his rugged and beautiful home state forms the foundation for his successful expeditions to Earth’s great peaks. In 2005, the Sierra Club gave Gerry the coveted Francis P. Farquhar Mountaineering Award for a lifetime of mountaineering achievement. In 2006, the Colorado Mountain Club gave Gerry the rare Ellingwood Ice Ax Award, and in 2010, the Highpointers Club gave Gerry the Frank Ashley Award. Gerry lives with his wife Jennifer in Boulder, Colorado USA.

Photo of Denali's Muldrow Glacier, seen from the northeast Gerry first saw Denali’s Muldrow Glacier Route in 1963 after an ascent of the West Buttress Route Photo of Gerry on Denali's summit after an ascent from Wonder Lake Gerry on Denali’s summit after an ascent of the Muldrow Glacier Route from Wonder Lake in 1990
 
Photo of the Yukon's 16,972' King Peak, 6/73 Gerry first saw the Yukon’s 16,972’ King Peak in 6/73 en route to Mount Logan Photo of Gerry on King Peak's summit, 6/99 Gerry on King Peak’s summit, 6/99
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