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Jason Pickles

First class climber

Based in Manchester, UK, Jason is a big wall climber and rigger with over 20 years experience.

Jason builds climbing walls by trade so his life revolves around climbing. You may recognise him from his involvement in the epic Asgard Project where he was Chief Rigger. The team made the first free ascent of Mount Asgard’s daunting North Face – regarded as one of the most difficult big walls in the world. Tackling a wall over a mile high and deep within the Arctic Circle on Baffin Island, the project was at the cutting edge of extreme climbing , particularly as the team were climbing the North Face which sits in the shade for 23 hours a day and is exposed to fierce Arctic temperature and weather conditions.

In 2010 he partnered Leo Houlding on his historic first ascent of The Prophet on El Captain, Yosemite. The climb was a major objective for Leo and was almost ten years in the making. As well as numerous El Capitan ascents, many with Leo, he has also completed expeditions to Himalaya, Madagascar, Canada, High Sierra and the Alps. Most recently Jason played a major part in Leo's first ascent of the east face of Cerro Autana (1400m), one of the Amazon’s most remote and sacred mountains. A film on the expedition is due to be released in September 2012.

With a number of climbs under his belt Jason has gained a name for himself as an exceptional climbing talent and in 2008 he gained the ultimate ‘macho’ accolade and was named as Britain's Manliest Man in a competition organised by the burger company Rustlers.

We are thrilled to welcome another first class climber to the Berghaus athlete team.

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