Heidi’s love for adventure and exploration has been the driving force behind her climbing accomplishments. She enjoys all types of climbing, finding herself high on giant rock walls and frozen waterfalls throughout the world.
She has been climbing in the U.S. as well as parts of Canada, Baja, Great Britain, South America, and India over the past twelve years and doesn’t plan to ease up on her globe-trotting any time soon, with plans to climb in Europe, Tasmania, and Greenland in the near future.
While continually raising the bar for her personal performance and for women’s climbing in general, Heidi envisions a broader view for her role in the sport in the years ahead, hoping to do more work with people in need around the world and create opportunities to “give back, help and inspire.”
Nickname: Heidi Almighty
Favorite Destination: Patagonia or Thailand
Favorite The North Face Product: The Red Point Hoodie. I always use this jacket. From around town to high up on a mountain, it is the perfect piece: lightweight, hooded synthetic jacket.
Proudest Moment: Standing on the top of the S. Howser Minarette with Lizzy Scully after completing its first free ascent.
Cause(s): International women’s education, climbing access
Words To Live By: You can never succeed if you don’t try.
Most Humbling Moment: Walking the streets of New Delhi and bowing at the feet of yoga guru Patabi Jois.
Ambition: Climb and surf in Australia.
Three Things People Should Know About Me I have lots of energy, I love doing yoga and I need it, and surfing is my other passion.
Dream Vacation: Surfing in Morocco with my mom, climbing in Majorca with my Monkey family.
Three Things I Always Pack: Tea, my journal, too much.
- “The Evictor,” El Dorado Canyon, Boulder, CO (I 5.12+ R)
- “Pufigu,” new route in Kupol, Siberia (IV 5.11 A1)
- “The Wasp,” Rocky Mountain National Park, CO (5.13a, trad)
- “Bad Hair Day” (FA/FFA of South Howser Minaret), Bugaboos, B.C., Canada (V 5.12-)
- “Qui Lombo” (FA) on San Rafael in Patagonia, Argentina (IV 5.11+ A1)
- “Sharp at Both Ends” (FA) on Chasm View in Rocky Mountain National Park, CO (III 5.11+)
- “Positron,” Gogarth, North Wales (E5 6a)
- “The Nose,” El Capitan, Yosemite, CA; women’s speed record
- “Lurking Fear,” El Capitan, Yosemite, CA; one-day ascent
- “Regular Route,” Half Dome, Yosemite, CA; women’s speed record
- “Stetners Ledges,” (winter ascent) Longs Peak, Rocky Mountain National Park, CO
- “Bird Brain Boulevard,” Ouray, CO (IV WI6 M5)
- “Elingwood Arete,” (winter ascent) Crestone Needle, CO
- North Face of Hapless Peak, Alaska (IV AI4 M3)
- “Ariana,” Longs Peak, CO (IV 5.12a)
- “Off the Road,” Alaska Highway, BC (IV WI6-)
- “Veterans with Vertigo,” (second ascent) Black Canyon of the Gunnison, CO (IV 5.11++R)
- “Gold Dog Special,” (FFA team) Black Canyon of the Gunnison, CO (V 5.13a)
- “The High Life,” (third ascent) Yosemite, CA (IV 5.11+ R)
- “Shiboomy,” El Dorado Canyon, CO (II 5.12b)
- Sports Illustrated, picture and gear article, March 2004
- Climbing, a full-page picture and article, Zion National Park, Utah, February 2004
- Climbing, Photo Edition 2004: full-page photo, Indian Creek, Utah
- Los Angeles Times, article by Charles Duhigg with photo, November 11, 2003
- www.planetfear.com: High Mountain Info report, July 2003
- Gripped, December 2002
- Rock and Ice, half-page table of contents photo, “Queens of the Road” by Lizzy Scully, feature and several pictures, July 2002
- “Front Range Freaks,” video by Peter Mortimer: featured climber
- Alpinist No. 1: report
- Alpinist No. 2: article by Lizzy Scully and photos
- Alpinist No. 5: full-page photo, “Wasp”
- She Sends No. 1: “Home Improvements,” by Heidi Wirtz, with photos
- She Sends No. 4: full-page picture
- She Sends No. 5: “The Gentlemen’s Club,” by Heidi Wirtz
- www.alpinist.com: “Climbing Notes” report
- www.go-mountain.com: gomountain.procons.net report
- www.ontheedge.com: On the Edge Report
- www.chockstone.org: Chockstone review and photo