Aaron Mulkey

An explorer chasing his passion, while maintaining a professional career.

Aaron is a pioneer ice climber. He hikes through and flies over the mountains of Wyoming to scout out some of the newest and sickest ice falls in the country. All of his explorations and pioneering has generously paid off with nearly 100 first ascents.

His knack for exploring comes from his history of hunting and hiking with his father in California. Aaron was introduced to climbing after we moved to Colorado where a co-worker took him out climbing for the first time. It only took one throw of the axe and he was hooked for life.

Aaron lives a double life. In the winter he climbs up the waterfalls and in the summer he paddles down them. Aaron likes to be the first to do a lot of things, and nabbing first descents in his kayak is one of them. So be it frozen or melted, he can always befound at the waterfalls.

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The South Fork Canyon near Cody, Wyoming has the highest concentration of ice falls in the lower 48. Its difficult access combined with remote location has made it a favorite ice climbing destination for the intrepid few. Since the late 90s, Aaron Mulkey has been pushing deeper into the canyon in the search for new and exciting ice routes.

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