Jeff Jackson

Jeff Jackson is known as Jefe to friends all over the world. El Jefe, which means “the chief” or “boss” in Spanish was a nickname given him by the locals of Hidalgo, the puebla close to El Potrero Chico, a world-class climbing area he helped develop in the early 1990s. Far from a “boss,” Uncle Jefe is friend and trusted partner to everyone in his climbing family.
Jeff Jackson has been guiding professionally since 1987. He has guided kids, beginners and advanced climbers. Notable guided ascents include El Capitan and Half Dome in Yosemite, the Diamond on Long’s Peak in Colorado, numerous 14,000-foot peaks in the States and peaks up to 6,000 meters in Peru. As a climber, Jeff Jackson has made first ascents of hundreds of routes in the US, Mexico, Canada, Peru, Africa and India.
Jeff Jackson is also a writer. He edited Rock and Ice magazine for 10 years and is currently the At Large Editor. His short stories have appeared in American Short Fiction and ASCENT. He was the first recipient of the James A. Michener Fellowship at the University of Texas and was a Senior Fellow at Dartmouth College. In 2018 he received the American Alpine Club’s Ad Carter Literary award. Jeff’s essay “Paradox in Paradise” appears in Best American Sports Writing 2019. Partnered with John Long, he is currently working on his third screenplay for Chockstone Pictures. He lives in Makawao, Maui and teaches writing at the University of Hawaii.

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