Mike Libecki is addicted to exploring and climbing the most remote, exotic and untouched locations on the planet, or what he calls “Virgin Earth.”
Libecki has participated in or led over 60 expeditions and has made first ascents on all seven continents in such areas as Afghanistan, Antarctica, Baffin Island, Guyana, Greenland, China, Madagascar, Kyrgysztan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Papua New Guinea, Russia, Venezuela, Yemen, Indonesia, Africa and many islands around the globe. More than half of these have been solo expeditions and solo first ascents; it’s no wonder that his four passports have over 100 stamped pages from around the world.
Eager to share the remote and unique people, places, and experiences he has embraced, Libecki has presented over 500 public shows across the globe. Libecki has worked with every major outdoor magazine, TV station, media outlet, etc. Even though his expeditions are often dangerous and he has almost been killed on a few occasions, Libecki’s stories are filled with joy.
Libecki has overcome rockfall and polar bears to summit the northernmost unclimbed walls on the planet in Franz Josef Land. In Kabul, he persevered up the wet, crumbly limestone faces of the Koh-e-Baba towers, which he gives a self-born “Russian Roulette Rating” of three out of five. On a couple of expeditions, Libecki has suffered through the humidity, swamps, and razor wire bushes of what he calls “jungle mayhem.” Even so, this eternal optimist maintains that there is something wonderful about suffering: the pay off, survival, or summit seems so much better.
In 2013, Libecki was named National Geographic Adventurer of the Year and was featured in the magazine’s cover story, “Untamed Antarctica”, for his treacherous and unprecedented summit of Bertha’s Tower in Queen Maud Land, Antarctica. Libecki is the recipient of almost countless grants and awards for his pioneering feats in climbing and exploration, and his expedition list is still growing.
Libecki currently lives near the mouth of Little Cottonwood Canyon in Utah with his daughter, dog, cats, parrot, pot-belly pig, chickens and rabbits.
Mike Libecki is on a quest to conquer the world’s last unclimbed peaks. This National Geographic explorer, and—according to Men’s Journal—one of the world’s 50 most adventurous men, stands at the forefront of a new era of exploration. Follow Mike as he tackles mud and mayhem on the massive Poumaka Tower in French Polynesia, encounters fear and friendship on the Bamiyan slopes of Afghanistan, and dodges polar bears while exploring Greenland’s icy waters, all backed by the technology that helps his teams summit and bring the stories back to us.