We are deeply saddened to report that on October 23, 2006, Todd Skinner was killed while descending fixed ropes on Leaning Tower in Yosemite. Thank you for your interest in Todd and his legacy. We hope you enjoy looking through this photographic documentary of his climbing life.
Todd Skinner was the most diversely accomplished rock climber of his generation. His achievements were documented in film and magazines in 12 languages. He accomplished more than 300 first ascents in 26 countries around the world and established new climbs at the highest level of difficulty. He relished the challenge of all aspects of rock climbing, from bouldering to Himalayan peaks, but most of all dreamed about Big Walls that could be free climbed in all corners of the globe.
Todd's climbing highlights include: the first free ascent of the Salathe Wall on El Capitan in Yosemite National Park, the first free ascent of the north face of Mt. Hooker in the Wind River Range, the first free ascent of The Great Canadian Knife in the Cirque of the Unclimbables in the Yukon Territories, the first free ascent of the Northwest Direct Route on Half Dome (Yosemite National Park), the first free ascent of the East Face of Trango Tower in Pakistan's Karakoram Himalayas (the first grade 7 free climb in the world), the First free ascent of a new route on Kaga Pamari (Hand of Fatima Group, Mali, West Africa), the first free ascent of a new route (War and Poetry) on Ulamertorsuaq in the Cape Farewell region of Greenland, and the First free ascent of the East Face of Poi (Ndoto Mtns of Northern Kenya).
Todd's accomplishments were covered by periodicals including National Geographic (cover feature on Nameless Tower 4/96 and article on Vietnam 12/97), Life Magazine, Outside Magazine, USA Today, Climbing, and Rock and Ice - and the premier issue of National Geographic Adventure, April 1999. His expeditions to Pakistan, Vietnam, Mali, and Greenland were featured on the Outdoor Life Channel. His expedition to Kenya was an Outdoor Life Channel feature. His expedition to Aritiyope, an Amazon big wall in Venezuela, was featured on ESPN. Todd was invited to be one of three adventures included in National Geographic's first "Live from National Geographic" lecture program held outside of Washington DC.
This site is a photo journey of Todd's major expeditions. We hope you enjoy exploring in his footsteps.