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LIAM FOSTER

BIOGRAPHY

Liam is already an accomplished ice, mixed, and drytooling athlete at the age of 19. He is the youngest American to climb some of the hardest grades in drytooling (D12, D13, & D14), placed 4th in difficulty at the 2019 Youth World Ice Climbing Championships, was second in difficulty and speed at the 2018 North American Championships, and has won the Hari Berger Speed Competition at the Ouray Ice Festival two years running. He plans on competing in as many Ice Climbing World Cups next year as he can while studying Physics at CU Boulder.

He is working to maintain the cave 'Tomorrow’s World' in the Dolomites for future climbers so it can continue to inspire others the same way it inspires him.


"Montane is the ideal gear for the harshest environments in the world and their kit allows me to push to my limits.  I am honoured to be supported by them and look forward to seeing what is possible."


ABOUT LIAM

While he enjoys the competition scene, Liam is most at home climbing outdoors, where he is happiest pushing his limits in steep, hard drytooling in places like Tomorrow’s World. His hardest climb to date is Tom Ballard’s Je Ne Sais Quoi at D14+, although he has other climbs in the works, most notably French Connection and A Line Above the Sky.


RECENT ACHIEVEMENTS

Youngest American to climb some of the hardest grades in drytooling (D12, D13 and D14)


Placed 4th in difficulty at the Youth World Ice Climbing Championships (2019)

Second in difficulty and speed at the North American Championships (2018)


Won the Hari Berger Speed Competition at the Ouray Ice Festival two years running

HARDEST CLIMB TO DATE:

Tom Ballard's 'A Line Above The Sky' D15

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