Mike Libecki – Climber, Explorer, Athlete, Father, and believer in the following:
“Pursue Passion––Why Ration Passion—Dream Big and Live Those Dreams—
The Time is Now––No Excuses––Death and/or Old Age is Coming…
We must Live Sweet––After All, it is Not Only Life, But the Quality of This Life.”
– Mike J. Libecki
Mike Libecki has two major passions: Obeying his obsession/addiction to exploring the most remote, exotic and untouched locations on the planet to climb big walls, towers, or alpine first ascents, traverses and other mysterious adventures, and being a dedicated father to his angel-daughter (he has won Father of the Year Award more than once). Libecki has been on over 40 expeditions and established multiple first ascents in such areas as Afghanistan, Antarctica, Baffin Island, Guyana, Greenland, China, Madagascar, Kyrgysztan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Papua New Guinea, Russia, Venezuela, Yemen, Indonesia and Africa, all of these areas multiple times, and many other remote islands around the globe. More than half of these have been solo expeditions and solo first ascents. When Mike is not climbing and exploring Virgin Earth, he is a full time father. You can always find him presenting one of his uniquely entertaining multimedia presentations; he has presented over 450 public shows around the world. He has worked with every major outdoor magazine, tv station, media outlet, etc. Mike lives near the mouth of Little Cottonwood Canyon in Utah with his daughter, dog, cats, parrot, pot-belly pig, chickens and rabbits.
Mike has received numerous grants and awards: two time winner of the Shipton-Tilman Grant/Award from W.L.Gore & Associates, four time winner of the Mug Stumps Award, two time winner of the Lyman Spitzer/American Alpine Club Award, three time winner of The Polartec Challenge Award, Athlete Ambassador of the Year Award from Clif Bar, The Sharp End Award from The Access Fund, Mountaineering Fellowship Award from The American Alpine Club, The Banff Centre Mountain Grant, The Helly Hansen Mountain Award from The American Alpine Club, winner of the Father of the Year Award at his daughters school more than once.