Damien Gildea

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Damien Gildea (born 1969[1]) is an Australian mountaineer and Antarctic explorer who has climbed extensively in Antarctica, Nepal, Tibet, Pakistan, Bolivia, Alaska, New Zealand and elsewhere.


His Antarctic ascents include Mount Vinson, Mount Shinn, Mount Craddock, Mount Gardner, Mount Bentley, Mount Anderson (first ascent) and several other peaks in the Vinson Massif, Craddock Massif and northern Sentinel Range between 2001 and 2007, as well as Mount Friesland and Mount Bowles on Livingston Island in 2003. The high-precision GPS data collected by his team was used in subsequent American and Bulgarian mapping.

In 2007 Gildea published the new 1:50,000 color topographical map Vinson Massif & The Sentinel Range, including a number of new features named by the USGS.

In November 2010 published Gildea's new book Mountaineering in Antarctica: Climbing in the Frozen South.[2]


Gildea Glacier in Craddock Massif, Antarctica is named after him.[3]