Wednesday June 15, 2016
A National Geographic Explorer and Speaker, Climber, Explorer, Soloist, Wilderness Athlete, Father, Photographer, Videographer, Author, 50+ expeditions of experience around the world and counting: goal of 100 expeditions…and he believes in the following:
“Pursue passion––why ration passion? Dream big and climb 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
“The difficult is what takes a little time;
the impossible is what takes a little longer.”
- Fridtjof Nansen
“Men go back to the mountains, as they go back to sailing ships at sea, because in the mountains and on the sea they must face up, as did men of another age, to the challenges of nature. Modern man lives in a highly synthetic kind of existence. He specializes in this and that. Rarely does he test all his powers or find himself whole. But in the hills and on the water the character of a man comes out.”
- Abram T. Collier
Mike Libecki has infinite passions: Two of them are 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 (most of them solo), and being a dedicated father to his angel-daughter (he has won Father of the Year Award more than once). Libecki has planned and succeeded on over 50 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, Philippines, Africa, exotic islands and even unnamed spots on the glove, and the list goes on. He has been to all of these areas multiple times. More than half of these have been solo expeditions and solo first ascents. He has a few passports with well over 100 stamped pages from around the world. When Mike is not climbing and exploring untouched Earth, he is a full time father, coached his daughter’s soccer team for five years, volunteers at his daughters school weekly, the list goes on. You can always find him presenting one of his uniquely entertaining multimedia presentations; he has presented over 500 public shows around the world. He has worked with all major outdoor magazines, tv stations, media outlets (full list provided upon request), etc. Mike lives near the mouth of Little Cottonwood Canyon in Utah with his daughter, dog, cats, parrot, pot-belly pig, chameleon, chickens and rabbits.
Mike has received numerous grants and awards:
Nominated for National Geographic Adventurer of the Year, National Geographic Expeditions Council Grantee, 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 Copp-Dash Inspire 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.
Additional Sponsors/Reciprocal Relations:
Mountain Hardwear, Clif Bar, Black Diamond, Goal Zero, FiveTen, Sterling Rope, Wigwam, Smith Optics, Mountain Safety Research, Sealline, Thermarest, Lowepro, Suunto, BackPackersPantry, Montrail, Naish, Kokatat.
Many movies/TV shows that have aired on PBS, Nat. Geo. Channel, History Channel, Discovery Channel, Travel Channel and more. ABC Nightline News produced a feature spot about my expeditions and lifestyle, with many more like this around the world. I have hosted TV shows and films, and am comfortable and know the requirements to be on camera.
Mike has published stories, articles, photographs, etc., around the world in top publications, including National Geographic, Outside, National Geographic Adventure, Men's Journal, Alpinist, Climbing, Rock and Ice, American Alpine Journal, Men's Health, Outdoor Exploration, Exporer's Journal, and many more. Libecki has contributed to major books around the world that are about adventure, climbing, geography, travel, etc. He does over 30 public presentations and events each year about his expeditions, He has presented movies and presentations all over the USA, South America, Europe and Asia, with over 500 presentations of my films and multimedia shows around the world. Over 40 films about expeditions and has presented/been on film juries at film festivals like Banff, Telluride, European, and more. A professional photographer, videographer and an author for over 18 years. In national/multinational advertisements all over the world.