Christian Beckwith, Director, SHIFT: Christian Beckwith began climbing in Wales in 1990. In 1993, he was lured to the Tetons by a magazine article about alpine rock climbing, and has called Jackson home ever since.
Beckwith started his first publication, The Mountain Yodel, in 1994. In 1996 he became the youngest person to edit the world’s premier mountaineering journal, The American Alpine Journal. In 2002 he co-founded Alpinist Magazine, an archival-quality climbing quarterly that he edited until 2008. In 2004 he started the annual surfing, skiing and climbing extravaganza, The Alpinist Film Festival. He coordinated the Teton Boulder Project, which created a public bouldering park at the base of Jackson’s Snow King Mountain, as a tribute to the history of Teton mountaineering. In 2011, he started Outerlocal, a social media website for adventure athletes. A commission to create a conservation festival in the spring of 2013 by the Jackson Hole Travel & Tourism Board resulted in SHIFT.
Beckwith has skied numerous routes in the Tetons, including six descents of the Grand Teton, made expeditions to Kyrgyzstan, Alaska, Peru and Tibet, and established first ascents around the world. These days, he and his wife Giovannina Anthony aspire to give their daughter Soleil a Jackson as magnificent as the one they have been fortunate enough to enjoy.
About SHIFT: Held each October in Jackson Hole, SHIFT is an annual festival that celebrates the intersection of conservation with Nature (the natural environment), Culture (the built environment) and Adventure (outdoor recreation).