Urs Kallen wins Sum­mit of Ex­cel­lence award

Cal­gary’s Urs Kallen has been awarded

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the pres­ti­gious Sum­mit of Ex­cel lence Award for his lifetime of achieve­ments, contr ibu­tions and men­tor­ship in the world of climb­ing. Kallen was born in Switzer­land in 1943 and was an ac­com­plished moun­taineer by the time he ar r ived in Canada in 1965. He moved to Cal­gar y and over the last 45 years has been in­volved in al l as­pects of climb­ing. He es­tab­lished dozens of route in­clud­ing the f irst as­cent of Mount Fay and Mount Stan ley’s north faces, the f irst as­cents of Yam­nuska’s cmc Wall and Yel­low Edge and early re­peat as­cents of the Bu­ga­boos’ Beckey/Chouinard and the east face of Ba­bel. Urs re­cently phi­los­o­phized, “The early climbs, when you just get into climb­ing, are the most im­pres­sive ones. Later on, you go climb­ing look­ing for that same feel­ing, but you don’t re­ally get it any more. You know too much, and the only way you can get that kind of ex­per ience is by push­ing the dif f icul­ties.”

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