Chris McNamara

Chris McNamara
Chris McNamara

Chris McNamara is an American big wall climber and past BASE jumper. At one point, it was calculated that he had spent 3% of his life on the face of Yosemite’s El Capitan, which he has climbed over 70 times. Outside Magazine has called Chris one of “the world’s finest aid climbers”. He has also received the honorable Bates Award from the American Alpine Club, which is given yearly to “a young climber who has demonstrated exceptional skill and character in the climbing and mountaineering arts and has outstanding promise for future accomplishments”. It is no wonder in the years after he received the award that he founded SuperTopo, a climbing guidebook publishing company that has opened up the beta on climbing routes around the U.S. He also sits on the board of the American Safe Climbing Association and the Rowell Legacy Committee.