Barry Blanchard

Barry Blanchard (born March 29, 1959) is one of North America's top alpinists, noted for pushing the standards of highly technical, high-risk alpine climbing in the Canadian Rockies and the Himalayas.

Climbing accomplishments

Blanchard was born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. He first came to note in 1983 with the first ascent of Andromeda Strain on Mount Andromeda in Alberta, Canada with David Cheesmond and Tim Friesen. In 1984, he climbed the North Spur of Rakaposhi, Pakistan with Dave Cheesmond and Kevin Doyle. With David Cheesmond, he climbed the North Pillar of North Twin, Alberta in 1985. Rather than resting on his laurels, he has continued to push the limits of alpinism since, including eight trips to Asia to climb in the Himalayas and Karakoram.

Guiding career

Blanchard has been involved with Yamnuska Mountain Adventures since its inception in the late 1970s. Blanchard is an internationally certified UIAGM mountain guide.

He helped in the making of Hollywood climbing movies including K2, Cliffhanger and Vertical Limit.

He lives in Canmore, Alberta, with his wife Catherine Mulvihill whom he met on a Mount Everest expedition in 1994, and their family.

Notable ascents



  1. Blanchard, Barry (Summer 2011). "Sanctum". Alpinist. Jeffersonville, VT, USA: Height of Land Publications. 2011 (35): 68–73. ISSN 1540-725X.
  2. Blanchard, Barry (1993). "Climbs and Expeditions 1992". American Alpine Journal. Golden, CO, USA: American Alpine Club. 35 (67): 223. ISBN 0-930410-55-6.
  3. Twight, Mark Francis (1993). "Climbs and Expeditions 1992". American Alpine Journal. Golden, CO, USA: American Alpine Club. 35 (67): 198. ISBN 0-930410-55-6.
  4. "Mark Wilford curriculum vitae". Alpinist. Jackson, Wyoming, USA: Alpinist Magazine. 2007 (19): 10–11. March 2007.
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