Mark Wilford

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Mark Wilford (born January 27, 1959, Boulder, Colorado) is an American rock climber and alpinist known for his bold, traditional style.


Wilford graduated from Poudre High School in Fort Collins, Colorado in 1977 and attended the University of Colorado at Boulder for one semester. He began climbing in 1970, and became a leading rock climber while still in high school, gradually adding bold ice climbing, alpine rock and alpine mixed routes to his accomplishments.[1] Wilford is considered a staunch traditionalist when it comes to the style and ethics of climbing.[2]

Wilford works as a Sales Representative for Julbo, La Sportiva, Sterling and Metolius.[3] He is a climbing ambassador for Patagonia.

He was married in 2002 and lives in Fort Collins with his wife and two children.

Notable climbs[edit]


  • Alone on the North Face of Alberta, in The High Lonesome, Epic Solo Climbing Stories edited by John Long, Globe Pequot Press, Guilford, CT, USA, 1999.


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Mark Wilford curriculum vitae". Alpinist. Jackson, Wyoming, USA: Alpinist Magazine. 2007 (19): 10–11. March 2007.
  2. ^ "Patagonia Alpine Climbing Ambassador Mark Wilford". Patagonia website. Patagonia. Retrieved December 7, 2008.
  3. ^ Carpenter-Ogden, Kristin (June 4, 2007). "Mark Wilford Joins Metolius As Sales Representative For The Midwest". OIA Industry News. Outdoor Industry Association. Retrieved December 7, 2008.[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ a b Ritchey, Mark (2001). John Harlin III (ed.). "In the Footsteps of Vikings". American Alpine Journal. Seattle, Washington, USA: American Alpine Club / Mountaineers Books. 43 (75): 98–105. ISBN 0930410890.
  5. ^ Richey, Mark (2002). John Harlin II (ed.). "Barbarossa". American Alpine Journal. Seattle, WA, USA: American Alpine Club / Mountaineers Books. 44 (76): 156–165. ISBN 0930410912.

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