JUSTIN

WILLIS

Outdoor Research Alpine Ambassador, Justin Willis, ice climbs a pitch on a sunny dayOutdoor Research Alpine Ambassador, Justin Willis, ice climbs a pitch on a sunny day

ALPINE

Justin Willis is driven to explore the often-overlooked alpine faces in his “backyard” in Montana—establishing first ascents in the Beartooth Range, Mission Range, and Glacier National Park. Raised by a mountain-obsessed family in Montana, Justin found rock climbing and skiing at age 4 and ice climbing at age 8. He began competing in climbing at age 8 and when he was 17, competed in his first Ice Climbing World Cup in Romania. He competed in 16 World Cup competitions before turning his focus toward alpine climbing. Though he has traveled to France, Argentina, and Slovenia for alpine climbing, he feels a special interest in exploring the Montana and Wyoming mountain ranges close to his home. When he’s not out in the mountains, he explores woodworking and carpentry.

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Passion Project

Justin is passionate about mentoring young climbers in the mountains. With the support of his local climbing community, he started the Billings Climbing Team (SteepTeam) when he was seven. That community was an integral part of his childhood development, so when he was twenty, he became head coach of the Missoula Climbing Team. After several years of serving as head coach, Justin shifted focus back to his own climbing and traveled for several seasons. Now, he is back to mentoring young climbers in the Montana climbing community. Nothing fires him up like the idea of inspiring young humans to explore a life of passion in the outdoors through personal development and community/environmental stewardship.

Justin Willis hikes through a riverbed wearing an Outdoor Research Sun HoodieJustin Willis hikes through a riverbed wearing an Outdoor Research Sun Hoodie

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Accomplishments

NE Face of Calowhacan, FA, Mission Mountains, Montana

3000’ (M6 AI4+ Grade IV)

 

Flathead Buttress Project, Blodgett Canyon, Montana

1000’ (5.14+)

 

Justin's Favorites

Men's Motive AscentShell Jacketn in BurgundyMen's Motive AscentShell Jacketn in Burgundy
Men's Argon Short Sleeve Tee in Light PewterMen's Argon Short Sleeve Tee in Light Pewter
Equinox Cape Cap in CharcoalEquinox Cape Cap in Charcoal
Men's Cirque Lite Pants in LodenMen's Cirque Lite Pants in Loden

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