Cedar Wright first discovered climbing while pursuing an English degree at Humboldt State University. In between classes, Cedar explored the jagged boulders and sea cliffs of the Northern coast. He was instantly hooked.
After graduating from college, Cedar decided to dedicate himself fully to climbing. He moved to Yosemite where he became inspired and humbled by the vast granite before him. For the next few years, he worked for Yosemite Search and Rescue, where he learned invaluable skills and techniques. In between dangling on a rope outside a helicopter, he climbed relentlessly. He applied his love for speed and adventure by making blistering speed ascents on El Capitan and first ascents on the Sentinel. He remains one of the few people to have freed El Capitan in a day.
Cedar’s love for exploration soon took him outside of the United States. From Africa to Pakistan to Argentina, Cedar continued to put up impressive climbs in impeccable style: fast, free, and with no trace. In the past few years, Cedar has become increasingly interested in filmmaking and has shot video for numerous climbing companies as well as outdoor giants like National Geographic. For many of his video pieces, he writes his own music. In his free time, Cedar enjoys sharing his passion with others.
He passes along his climbing knowledge to sherpas at the Khumbu Climbing Center in Nepal, and his love for the outdoors to children as part of the Get Outdoors initiative. Cedar is characterized by his tenacity, and unique sense of humor, and continues to push himself as a climber and a creative. One part climber, one-part filmmaker, and one-part musician, the future holds great things for Cedar.
Favorite Destination: Yosemite California, Indian Creek
Favorite Movie: Baraka
Favorite Book: Tao Te Ching
Favorite Song: “Total Eclipse of the Heart”
Favorite Piece of Your Sport’s History: Golden Age of Yosemite Climbing
Favorite TNF Products: Triumph Anorak, because it’s uber light and water proof; Base Camp Duffle, because it’s the best most durable piece of luggage in the universe; Prophet Pack, my go to do everything back pack
Proudest Moment: My first multi-pitch climb “Fairview Dome” in Tuolumne, because The first one is the best one
Favorite Vice at Basecamp: Gummies! Gummy Worms, Bears, Octopus and really anything gummy. I especially like sour gummies!
What are 3 things people should know about you?
1. Creative expression propels everything I do
2. I love to meet beginning climbers, they are often the most psyched!
3. I value my friends and family before climbing
Inspiration within Your Sport: People who are passionate and climbing as hard as they can with everything they have. People who don’t worry too much about what others think and climb because they love it completely!
Which Cause are you Passionate About: Khumbu Climbing School, Outdoor Nation
Words to Live By: Live everyday as if it were your last! Better to regret what you have done then what you haven’t!
3 Things You Always Pack: A good book, art supplies, and a sense of humor
Bugaboos Minaret, B.C:
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