Whether you’re a climber or just a fan of the sport, you’ve probably heard of Marc-Andre Leclerc. The Canadian was one of the world’s best free-solo alpinists, and was regarded as a “generational talent” in the sport. During his career, he climbed in many parts of the world. He became a global celebrity after his solo ascent of the Corkscrew wall in 2015.
Marc-Andre Leclerc died in a climbing accident in March 2018. The death of Leclerc came at a time when his career was on the upswing. He had been earning a large amount of money through sponsorships. He was also selling merchandise to followers on social media. During his life, he had a net worth of between $2 million and $10 million. He was an active member of the British Columbia Mountaineering Society when he was in high school. He was also a member of the Canadian Nationals team in 2005.
Leclerc’s first significant climb came when he was only nine years old, climbing the Coquitlam shopping mall’s climbing wall. His mother bought him the book Mountaineering: The Freedom of the Hills, which inspired him to join the British Columbia Mountaineering Society. When Leclerc was fifteen, he joined the club, and he became an avid member. He won the Canadian Nationals in 2005 and he also soloed the Main Tower of the Torres Valley in Patagonia.
Leclerc and his girlfriend, Brette Harrington, began climbing as partners, and they traveled to Patagonia to climb mountains. They also traveled to Baffin Island and climbed Torre Egger. Their climbs in Patagonia earned them accolades. They both love artful climbing, and they shared a love of thrills. Despite their busy schedules, they climbed as equals.
Leclerc was a very meticulous climber. He liked to do most of his climbing solo, and he preferred to tackle most climbs alone. He climbed with Arc’teryx climbers Will Stanhope and Paul McSorely. When he was at the peak of his career, he got sponsorship from La Sportiva and Maxim Ropes. He also won many competitions worldwide.
He and his girlfriend, Brette Harrington, went on numerous climbing expeditions together, and they met when Leclerc was only 19 years old. They began climbing together, and eventually became friends. Leclerc was living in a friend’s stairwell for $180 a month, and they climbed together frequently. They also climbed in the Canadian Cascades, Baffin Island, and Patagonia. Leclerc and Harrington shared a mutual love of climbing and adventure. They had an understanding that their adventures would provide them with life.
Leclerc was a true grittier alpinist, but he also climbed in the spiritual sense. He believed in having a personal connection with the mountains. When he wasn’t climbing, Leclerc was busy making videos for other channels. He was selling merchandise to his followers on social media, and he was making hundreds of dollars from these videos.
In September 2013, Leclerc soloed the Grand Wall in a record-setting 57:30. He also soloed the Corkscrew wall in 2015. He was one of the few climbers who had soloed an eight-pitch route with a German man in the seventies. He has also completed numerous first-person ascents of peaks in several parts of the world. He was also a member of the rescue team for lost climbers.