Kitty Calhoun

Kitty Calhoun grew up in S.C. and began rock climbing in 1978. A year later, she took up ice climbing, while attending the University of Vermont.

She became a rock instructor for Outward Bound in 1981 and a guide for the American Alpine Institute from 1985-1990. She guided in Peru, Bolivia, Alaska, Argentina, and Nepal.

Among her personal ascents include the Cassin on Denali, the second ascent of the Bouchard route on Chacraraju, the first American female ascent of Dhaulagiri, the first female ascent of Makalu, two new Grade VI wall routes in Kyrkygzstan, a new Grade VI wall route on Middle Triple Peak in Alaska, four routes on El Cap (all with women), and most recently, an ascent of the rarely-formed Diamond Couloir on Mt.Kenya.

Kitty earned an MBA from the University of Washington in 1993 and became a mom in 1995. She is an ambassador with Patagonia and lives in Castle Valley, UT. Her interests, besides climbing, include storytelling, coaching, and learning about nutrition and training.

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