After surviving a near fatal accident in 2017, Matt Segal is back on the leading edge of life and savoring every moment. Well most of every moment…not only has he returned to climbing some of the most challenging traditional and sport routes on the planet, he’s also helping run his gourmet instant beverage company, aptly named Alpine Start.
Originally from Miami, where he spent his early climbing years on the US and European indoor competition circuit, Matt traded the sands of South Beach for the mountains surrounding Boulder, Colorado where he now bases his outdoor climbing life and his successful business.
Matt greets all things in life with passion (his love of culinary art and his entrepreneurial efforts are examples) yet his level of enthusiasm for climbing, his first love, is unrivaled. Always on the lookout to push the sport to its highest levels, Matt is a born explorer and seems to have a sixth sense for sniffing out some of the world’s wildest and most obscure climbing destinations. Whether in distant China or his own backyard of Boulder Canyon, Matt largely has focused his efforts on establishing the most difficult traditional climbs he can find.
Some of Matt’s proudest first ascents include The Iron Monkey (5.14) in Eldorado Canyon, CO, The Orangutan Overhang (5.14-) in Independence Pass, CO and Air China (5.13d R) in Liming China. In addition to climbing at the highest levels, Matt also enjoys adding purpose to his projects and has collaborated with scientists and photographers alike on National Geographic expeditions, where his skills as a climber have proven invaluable for furthering scientific exploration and knowledge. He’s also a member of Protect our Winters (POW) Athlete Alliance. POW is a nonprofit that focuses its efforts on legislation regarding climate change.
With degrees from Naropa University in both Psychology and Tibetan Buddhism focused Religious Studies, Matt brings a grounded, foundational knowledge to all of his wild pursuits in life. Living by the words of the late Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche who wrote, “the arrival of chaos should be regarded as extremely good news,” NOW is clearly Matt’s time to thrive, and for all who know him personally, it is always good news when Matt and the thoughtful chaos of his character comes to town.
Join us for an inspiring evening as we delve into the remarkable journey of professional climbers Matt Segal, Jesse Huey, and Jordan Cannon. They will share personal stories from their extraordinary achievement of completing the second free-ascent of the “Cowboy Direct” on Pakistan’s iconic Nameless Tower. These intrepid adventurers will take you on a gripping narrative through the heart of their 20,469-foot expedition, shedding light on the various challenges they faced, the unbreakable spirit that drove them forward, and the success that crowned their relentless efforts. Stick around after the presentation for an engaging Q&A session where you can interact with these legendary climbers and gain insights into their world of high-altitude exploration.