Growing up, I didn’t dare to dream that my life might be so full of wonder. But it has been a phenomenal ride. With climbing as my compass, and writing as my vehicle, I’ve been across the American West, down perilous mountain roads in India and Morocco, through chaotic cities in China and Thailand, and among the untamed wilds of Chilean and Argentine Patagonia. Life’s been good to me so far.

I believe in: the power of language; the sanctity of wilderness; the equality of all people regardless of gender, color, nationality, sexual persuasion, or any other irrelevant bullshit. Oh yeah. And climate change. I believe in climate change.


Professional Achievements

  • Climbs: 5.13 sport (5.12+ onsight), 5.12+ trad (5.12c onsight); many first ascents in Canada, Chile, and USA up to 5.12b, and 1400m. (Learn more)

  • Nonprofit: Friends of Cochamó 501(c)(3) (Co-Founder, Executive Director)

  • Books: Index Guidebook; As Above, So Below (both short-listed for awards at 2018 Banff Festival)

  • Print Publications: Alpinist, American Alpine Journal (associate editor), Ascent, Climb, Climbing, Gestalten, Patagonia, Rock and Ice, Up.St.Art

  • Digital Publications: Adventure Journal, Alpinist, Black Diamond, Boulder Weekly, Climbing, Outdoor Research, Outside, Patagonia, Rock and Ice, REI, Switchback Travel

  • Podcast: Dirtbag Diaries, Firn Line, Basecamp; The Cutting Edge (co-host)

  • Workshop: Mountain and Wilderness Writing Workshop at The Banff Centre, in Alberta, Canada

  • Internship: Alpinist Magazine

  • Jobs: Trail Crew—Rocky Mountain National Park, Climbing Ranger—Mount Rainier National Park, Backcountry Ranger—Sequoia National Park

  • College: St. Mary's College of Maryland, Cum Laude

  • Travel: Argentina, Canada, Chile, China, Costa Rica, France, Italy, India, Mexico, Morocco, Spain, Thailand


“If Kalman set out to write his version of a great mountain novella, he can take a moment and celebrate his success. Not only is the book compact and lightweight… it explores some poignant themes against an inspiring backdrop of high mountains and outdoor adventure.

Rather than focus on the relatively easy-to-pick and predictable dramas offered by people venturing into the wild, Kalman reaches far, exploring how the climbing life affects home, family and self-perception...”

- Book Review: As Above, So Below
Crowfoot Media, Summer 2018