John Roskelley (born on 1 December 1948) is an outstanding American mountaineer, author of the first ascents and new routes on seven- and eight-thousanders. He was the first to climb the Trango Tower, Uli Biaho and Cholatse, set a new route on K2 and made many other alpine achievements. A participant of 20 expeditions to the Himalayas, has climbed three eight-thousanders. The author of the books “Nanda Devi: The Tragic Expedition” (in Poland published by Stapis) and “Stories Off the Wall” (in Poland Pruszyński i S-ka).
For his lifetime achievements in 2014 he received Piolet d’Or Carrière.
His most important achievements have been collected by Piotr Drożdż in an article:
John’s son, Jess Roskelley (born in 1982), was also an excellent climber. His ascents were frequently entered on the so-called Big List of nominees for the Piolet d’Or. In the spring of this year, he tied the rope with two other world-class climbers – David Lama and Hansjorg Aurer – to climb Howse Peak – a three-thousander in the Canadian Rocky Mountains.
You can read about them below:
John Roskelley has visited the avalanche area several times. He found intact cameras and camcorders. Using the material recorded on them, he prepared a unique presentation which he will show for the first time on Thursday evening.
On Friday evening, John and his wife Yoyce will be the guests of a special meeting dedicated to the tragically deceased climbers.
On Saturday, John will talk about his climbing career.
fot. Piotr Drożdż