Committed  Climbing North America’s Fifty Classics

the Goal

To document the extraordinary journey of one couple climbing all of the routes made famous by the iconic book, Fifty Classic Climbs of North America.


This journey will take them up more than 164,000 vertical feet of technical terrain on a road trip that will cover over 60,000 miles.  


Along the way HD footage will be captured and shared through this website via videos that will portray the experiences of Janelle and Mark Smiley during their climb.  This footage will intertwine extraordinary mountain settings with these two climbers’ commitment to pursue their passions.

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35 Classics Complete

2012 5 Classics Complete

4/17 NM- Shiprock (permission denied)

4/30 CO- S. Face, Petit Grepon

                 (frozen, so we bailed)

5/24-26 AK- W. Face, Mt Huntington
AK- Cassin Ridge, Denali (bad conditions)

6/19  BC - S. Face, Mt Waddington
8/10 AB- Japanese Route, Mt Alberta
8/16 AB- Wishbone Arete, Mt Robson
AB- N. Face, Edith Cavell (road washed
out, area closed)

10/5-8 CA- Salathe, El Cap, Yosemite

the Team

Mark Smiley’s interest in outdoor recreation is continually evolving. 

At the age of twelve, he enjoyed rappelling out of maple trees in the front yard, to now putting up first ascents on technical 20,000’+ glaciated peaks. 

-AMGA Certified Alpine Guide

-AMGA Certified Rock Climbing Guide

-AMGA Ski Mountaineering Aspirant

-1st Ascent on Huascaran Norte, Peru (21,858’)

-Enjoys taking his clients to their physical limits in the mountains, and then returning them safely

-Enjoys photographing and filming the above mentioned adventures

Janelle Smiley grew up climbing, skiing, and playing in the mountains of Colorado.  Her hunger for snow adventures has taken her to Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, France and Italy where she explored and taught skiing.

-2012 North American Ski Mountaineering Champion

-2011 & 13 US Ski Mountaineering Champion

-Wilderness EMT

-Enjoys cooking fine meals & sharing them with friends

-Enjoys humbling the boys on the rando race course, the world around.



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5/18-19: AK- W. Ridge, Moose’s Tooth (2nd try)

AK- Cassin Ridge, Denali (2nd try, fail)

6/8-10: AK- Carpe Ridge,
Mt Fairweather

CO- S. Face, Petit Grepon (4th try!)

WA- N. Ridge Mt Stuart
AB- North Face, Edith Cavell (2nd try)

CA- Steck Salathe Route, Yosemite

CA- Royal Arches, Yosemite

NM- Shiprock (try again for permission)

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2014 and beyond

YT- Abruzzi Ridge, Mt St Elias
AK- Cassin Ridge, Denali
AK- East Buttress, Middle Triple Peak
YT- Hummingbird Ridge, Mt Logan