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Legend Kelly Cordes Talks Patagonia Gear Testing

Legendary climbers Kelly Cordes gives us a behind-the-scenes look at gear testing

Best job in the world? Field testing guru Kelly Cordes takes us on a journey through the extremes of Patagonia’s field testing program and possibly to the brink of hypothermia.

Cordes is a leading American climber with a number of bold first ascents to his name. Minimalism influences his climbing, which includes the first ascent of the Azeem Ridge on Great Trango Tower in “disaster style.” He’s made first ascents in Alaska, Patagonia and Peru.

If you’ve never read his book The Tower then check it out here. “We promise, we take this work – if not always ourselves – seriously.”

Kelly Cordes in On the Brink