Unfortunately I have some bad news to pass on to you all.
While on holidays, Barry slipped on some stairs, fell and hit his head. He has sustained skull fractures which have left him in the hospital. The injuries are not life threatening and he does not need surgery as far as we know but the injuries are significant. He will likely be in the hospital for awhile while he recovers and has his family with him now. Recovery time is looking to be lengthy and Barry will need all the help and support he can get.
Barry is a big part of the guiding and climbing community and he will need our support. He is an amazing father, partner, friend, mentor, guide and climber. Let's show our support for his recovery through this GoFundMe for him.
For those of you who know less about Barry here is some background for you:
Barry is one of North America's top alpinists, noted for pushing the standards of highly technical alpine climbing in the Canadian Rockies and the Himalayas. He found mountain climbing in the books of his high school library. A six-month trip to the French Alps in 1980 set the course of Barry’s life: to climb the steepest and most complicated faces of the world’s great glaciated peaks.
Barry has enjoyed some success: the first ascent of The Andromeda Strain, 1983; the North Ridge of Rakaposhi, 1984; the first ascent of the apocalyptic North Pillar of North Twin, 1985; the West Ridge of Mt Everest, 1986; surviving the Rupal Face of Nanga Parbat, 1988; a solo first ascent on the North Face of Kusum Kanguru, 1991; an attempt on K-2, 1993; first ascents in the St Elias mountains; M-16, a first ascent -in winter on the East Face of Howse Peak, 1999; the third ascent of the Infinite Spur on MT Foraker, 2000; the first ascent of Infinite Patience on the Emperor Face of Mt Robson, 2002. More importantly Barry has enjoyed all of his outings, even the ones not included in the narrow definition of “success”.
Barry moved to the mountains in 1982 to pursue his Mountain Guiding career (he is an internationally certified -UIAGM- mountain guide) and has included making Hollywood features such as “K-2”, “Cliffhanger” and “The Vertical Limit”, as well as writing “The Calling: A Life Rocked by Mountains” in his professional life.