SNEWS® Live: Professional climber Heidi Wirtz talks about life on rock and ice

Climber Heidi Wirtz talks with SNEWS® Live about her beginnings in the sport and her ambitions as a professional.

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SNEWS® Live: Heidi Wirtz is a professional climber equally at home on rock or ice. As long as it’s vertical, she loves ascending the walls of granite or frozen waterfalls she encounters in her travels around the world. For the last12 years, Wirtz has climbed throughout Canada, Baja California, Great Britain, North America, South America and India. Her achievements in climbing include Bad Hair Day in the Bugaboos of British Columbia, the north face of Hapless Peak in Alaska, Qui Lombo on San Rafael in Patagonia, and the women’s speed record of El Capitan’s Nose route in Yosemite Valley.

As one of the leading female climbers in the world, Wirtz said she aspires not only to push the envelope in her sport, but she also aims to inspire a new generation of mountaineering women and raise awareness of the plight of impoverished communities in the shadow of the world’s highest peaks.

SNEWS® Live caught up with Wirtz at the 2006 Outdoor Retailer Summer Market trade show in Salt Lake City, Utah, this past August.