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Yamnuska Mountain Adventures

Blanchard has been involved with Yamnuska Mountain Adventures since its inception in the late 1970s.
Early instructors included James Blench, Barry Blanchard, Dwayne Congdon, Chris Miller, Marni Virtue and Sharon Wood - Barry Blanchard and James Blench are still involved with Yamnuska.

Rakaposhi

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In 1984, he climbed the North Spur of Rakaposhi, Pakistan with Dave Cheesmond and Kevin Doyle.
1984 A Canadian team achieves a semi-alpine-style ascent of the North Spur, using much less fixed rope than the Japanese team had. Summit party: Barry Blanchard, David Cheesmond, Kevin Doyle.

North Twin Peak

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With David Cheesmond, he climbed the North Pillar of North Twin, Alberta in 1985.
1985 North Pillar or Blanchard/Cheesemond by Barry Blanchard and Dave Cheesmond.

Mount Fay

1984 East Face (V/VI 5.8 WI5) of Mount Fay, Canadian Rockies, FA with David Cheesmond and Carl Tobin.
* 1984 East Face (V/VI 5.8 WI5) of Mount Fay, Canadian Rockies, FA by Barry Blanchard, David Cheesmond and Carl Tobin.

Mark Twight

1991 Blanchard-Twight on Les Droites, Mont Blanc Massif, French Alps - hard new route with Mark Twight.
Twight's first ascents in the Mont Blanc massif near Chamonix, France include "Richard Cranium Memorial" on the northwest face of Les Droites with Barry Blanchard (1990), "Beyond Good And Evil" on the north face of the Aiguille des Pelerins with Andy Parkin (1992), and "There Goes The Neighborhood" on the northwest face of the Aiguille Sans Nom with Scott Backes (1993).

Boardman Tasker Prize for Mountain Literature

Boardman Tasker Prize for Mountain Literature.
*The Calling - A life Rocked by Mountains, for which he was awarded the 2015 Boardman Tasker Prize for Mountain Literature.
2015 Barry Blanchard, The Calling: A Life Rocked by Mountains

Scott Backes

1999 M-16, East Face of Howse Peak, Canada - first ascent (in winter) with Steve House and Scott Backes.
His climbing partners include many notable mountaineers, such as Mark Twight, Steve House, Barry Blanchard, and Michael Kennedy.

Mark Wilford

1999 Pugilist at Rest, (VI 5.10 A3 M5, 1000m), Mount Alverstone, Saint Elias Mountains, Canada. FA with Mark Wilford.
1999 Pugilist at Rest, (VI 5.10 A3 M5, 1000m), Mount Alverstone, Saint Elias Mountains, Canada. FA with Barry Blanchard.

Mountaineering

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Barry Blanchard (born March 29, 1959) is one of North America's top alpinists, noted for pushing the standards of highly technical, high-risk alpine climbing in the Canadian Rockies and the Himalayas.

Canadian Rockies

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Barry Blanchard (born March 29, 1959) is one of North America's top alpinists, noted for pushing the standards of highly technical, high-risk alpine climbing in the Canadian Rockies and the Himalayas.

Himalayas

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Barry Blanchard (born March 29, 1959) is one of North America's top alpinists, noted for pushing the standards of highly technical, high-risk alpine climbing in the Canadian Rockies and the Himalayas.

Calgary

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Blanchard was born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Alberta

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Blanchard was born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

First ascent

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He first came to note in 1983 with the first ascent of Andromeda Strain on Mount Andromeda in Alberta, Canada with David Cheesmond and Tim Friesen.

Mount Andromeda (Alberta)

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He first came to note in 1983 with the first ascent of Andromeda Strain on Mount Andromeda in Alberta, Canada with David Cheesmond and Tim Friesen.

Pakistan

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In 1984, he climbed the North Spur of Rakaposhi, Pakistan with Dave Cheesmond and Kevin Doyle.

Karakoram

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Rather than resting on his laurels, he has continued to push the limits of alpinism since, including eight trips to Asia to climb in the Himalayas and Karakoram.

UIAGM

International Federation of Mountain Guides AssociationsIFMGAInternational Federation of Mountain Guides Association
Blanchard is an internationally certified UIAGM mountain guide.

K2 (film)

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He helped in the making of Hollywood climbing movies including K2, Cliffhanger and Vertical Limit.

Cliffhanger (film)

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He helped in the making of Hollywood climbing movies including K2, Cliffhanger and Vertical Limit.

Vertical Limit

He helped in the making of Hollywood climbing movies including K2, Cliffhanger and Vertical Limit.

Canmore, Alberta

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He lives in Canmore, Alberta, with his wife Catherine Mulvihill whom he met on a Mount Everest expedition in 1994, and their family.

Mount Everest

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He lives in Canmore, Alberta, with his wife Catherine Mulvihill whom he met on a Mount Everest expedition in 1994, and their family.

Kusum Kanguru

Kanguru
1991 North Face of Kusum Kanguru, Nepal - first ascent of route.

Les Droites

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1991 Blanchard-Twight on Les Droites, Mont Blanc Massif, French Alps - hard new route with Mark Twight.