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Angela VanWiemeersch grew up as a competitive ice skater in Detroit, Michigan where she danced across the horizontal ice until her late-teens. Following a few years as a fashion design major in college, Angela embarked on a life-changing bike tour that recalibrated her life. After selling all her fashion supplies, Angela hitchhiked, paddled, and sailed her way through all of North America from the Arctic Ocean to the Panama Canal. While hitchhiking through California, Angela heard of a place called Ouray, where people wore spikes on their feet and held axes in their hands to climb frozen waterfalls. She was enamored. She took every last dollar she had and spent it on a month-worth of rent in Ouray and a bag full of used climbing gear. Angela found the happiness and inspiration she was looking and is now fueled by the beauty and challenge that ice climbing offers. From the Ouray Ice Park to virgin ice in Zion to amazing alpine adventures in Alaska, Angela is once again on ice.


Climbing Resume:

  • First ascent of Thicker Than Thieves (VI 5.8R AI4 M5, 7,300'). Mt. Hayes, Hayes range, Alaska
  • First ascent The One Who Knocks 450' (WI 6 M5 R/X),Reids Peak, Unita Range, Utah
  • First ascent of Golden Spike (345’, WI4 M5 R). Reids Peak, Unita Range, Utah
  • First ascent of Trivium (90', WI 4). Unita Range, Utah
  • First ascent of Last Man Standing (400', WI6 PDW). Zion National Park, Utah
  • 11 first ascents in and around Zion National Park ranging from (WI 3-WI 6) with heights up to 450'
  • Solo of Ham and Eggs (WI4+ M4, 3,000’). Mooses Tooth, Central Alaska Range, Alaska
  • First Female ascent of Twin Towers (WI 5/6) Pictured Rocks Shoreline, Michigan
  • First Female Ascent of HMR (WI5) Pictured Rocks Shoreline, Michigan
  • First Ascent of Chimp Simpelton (WI5) Pictured Rocks National Shorline
  • First Ascent of Cautiously Optimistic (WI4) Pictured Rocks National Shorline 

Adventure Resume

  • 430 Mile solo Paddle on the Mackenzie River, Nortwest Territories, Canada
  • Fat Bike tour (hike a bike) to Choktoi Glacier (15,000 feet) Karakoram Mountains, Pakistan
  • 1200plus mile bike tour from Detroit Michigan to Nova Scotia, Canada
  • 3 Month Central America sailing expedition from California to Texas Via the Panama Canal 
  • 330 Kilometer Bike Tour on a 6 speed bike to castles and distilleries , Scottish Coast and Isles