Graham is an alpinist focused on cutting edge routes in the big mountains of the world and using the stories that he gathers there to make the world a better place. He cut his teeth in the high mountains of New Zealand and has been focused on climbing as it applies to alpinism ever since. This has taken him on over 20 expeditions from Alaska to Patagonia to Pakistan as well as climbing all over the lower 48 and Canada. In these ranges, he has established dozens of significant new routes on rock, ice and snow. For his climbing exploits, Graham won a 2020 Piolet d’Or (alpine climbing’s equivalent to an Olympic gold medal), as well as the 2017 Cutting Edge Award from the American Alpine Club. He was a finalist for the 2014 Piolet d’Or, and was named 2010 New Zealand Alpinist of the Year. As a storyteller and activist, Graham is focused on the issue of human-driven climate change and seeking systemic solutions that lead us toward a carbon-neutral economy. To this effect, he is the captain of the Protect Our Winters CLIMB team and on the board of the American Alpine Club. He is also a partner at the production company Bedrock Film Works.
Graham has made the choice to share the stories of his time in the mountains in order to engage, inspire, and empower his community. Besides encouraging those around him to get out and make good decisions while following their personal inspirations, he also drives us towards solutions on issues that affect each and every one of us, namely climate change.
SOUTHWEST RIDGE OF K6 WEST (7040M), PAKISTANI KARAKORAM
(M6, 90°, 1800M)
NORTH RIDGE OF CHANGI TOWER (6500M), PAKISTANI KARAKORAM
(M6, 5.10, A2, 1200M)
NORTHEAST BUTTRESS OF MT LAURENS, ALASKA
(AI4, M7, A1, 1400M)
SOUTHEAST FACE OF LINK SAR (7041M), PAKISTANI KARAKORAM.
(M6+, WI4, 90°, 2300M)
2020 Piolet d'Or Recipient