Jed Brown Slideshow

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What does it take to be a world-class scientist and still pursue your hobbies at the highest levels?

Jed Brown, along with Kyle Dempster and Bruce Normand, were honored for the first ascent of the north face of Xuelian West by being awarded the most coveted Piolet d'Or in 2010. The three men were among the first climbers to explore the north side of the impressive Xuelian massif in the Chinese Tien Shan. After climbing several virgin faces during acclimatization, they did the first ascent of the 2,650-meter north wall of Xuelian West, with five days of difficult and insecure climbing.

What makes this slideshow and Jed Brown exceptionally interesting is that Jed was still a Graduate student of Glaciology at ETH Zurich when he did the climb. Now he is a scientist at Argonne National Lab.

The Caltech Alpine Club is hosting this event for free (no tickets required); there will be food, drinks, good company, and an awesome talk!

Thursday, December 15th, 2011, at 8 pm

Event Details

This is a free event and will take place Thursday, December 15th, 2011, at 8 pm in Noyes Building, room 147 on Caltech's campus in Pasadena, CA. There will be drinks, hors d'oeuvres, and some time to chat before and after the talk.

You could RSVP on Facebook if you would like.


The location is Noyes Building, room 147 on Caltech's campus in Pasadena (follow the link for a nice map). If you came to Reel Rock Tour 2011, Noyes Building are west of Ramo Auditorium. If you didn't, here is a Caltech interactive campus map, and information on visitor parking. Parking after 5 PM is easy. We recommend you park in "Lot 11" or on any of the streets around Caltech.

The 2,600m north face of Xuelian West. After four days on the face, Jed Brown, Kyle Dempster, and Bruce Normand topped out in midmorning and descended to the west (right) to return to the foot of the wall. Photo by Kyle Dempster
Typical climbing on the ascent. Photo by Jed Brown.


Other upcoming talks

  • Mike Libecki: In search of Virgin Vertical Earth, on 11th January on his ascents of unclimbed rock walls around the world, in places like Antarctica, Afghanistan, Baffin Island, China, Greenland, and Venezuela.
  • SP Parker: renowned Mountain Guide and High Sierra expert on 26th January, on ice-climbing in the Sierra and Patagonia