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Ben Kunz's passion for mountains has taken him from the intense world of software development at Microsoft in Seattle to the mountainscapes of Canada's and Washington's wilderness. A transplant from Canada's Vancouver Island, B.C., Ben spends more time in the backcountry than anywhere else, and in summer he can often be found impelling Outward Bound students into new and challenging experiences in the North Cascades. As far as Ben's own challenges go, he generally prefers to challenge himself through experiencing a variety of terrain over pure technical difficulty, a preference that has driven him to rocks and peaks across the globe several times over. Ben currently balances his life between rock climbing, mountaineering, teaching, traveling and software engineering. His favorite climbing partner/gourmet cook? Easy--his loving wife, Lindsey!