In May 1999, Malcolm Daly and his climbing partner Jim Donini were attempting to climb a new route on an unnamed peak in the Alaska Range when Malcolm fell, severely injuring both his legs and getting stranded on an icy ledge, alone in sub-zero temperatures for 48 hours while his partner went for help. By the time he was plucked off the mountain by a helicopter, both of his feet were frostbitten and one eventually had to be amputated.
“While I was sitting up on that ledge with my feet freezing, it was images of disabled athletes who were fully engaged in the sporting world that kept me going. Without those images I don’t know if I would have made it through those 48 hours. Now it’s my turn. If I can help somebody get over that hump; if I can set an example or provide an opportunity that will help them fully integrate back into a great life, then I’ll feel like I’ve accomplished something.”
Join Malcolm as he takes you on this extraordinary journey of despair, endurance, hope and reinvention.
About the Speaker:
Malcolm Daly is an icon in the outdoor world with 40 years of outdoor industry and nonprofit experience. Known for his affability, sense of humor and to-the-point insight, Malcolm’s wide-ranging business, outdoor sports and non-profit experience provides for a lively, entertaining and educational encounter. A talented and experienced public speaker, Malcolm has presented for many local and national organizations.
Malcolm came to Colorado in 1973 to attend Colorado State University as a student in the College of Forestry and Natural Resources. He graduated in 1978 with a BS in Outdoor Recreation. To this date he has never worked as a ranger or park planner but he has been a cook, dishwasher, logger, wildland fire fighter, mountain guide, ski instructor, sales rep, retail store clerk, director of marketing and a product line manager for an international outdoor company, business owner, non-profiteer, and public speaker.
Malcolm is the founder of Great Trango Holdings, Inc. a leading supplier of innovative climbing equipment (Trango) and women’s activewear (Stonewear Designs). Starting the company from scratch in 1991, Daly built it into a multi-million dollar company doing business in 17 countries. During that time he started up two non-profits in the climbing world: the Access Fund, dedicated to retaining access to climbing resources and the Action Committee for Eldorado, a climber’s advocacy and liaison group specific to Eldorado Canyon State Park. Daly was an active board member of the Access Fund for thirteen years.
Malcolm started climbing in 1969 while on a camping trip to the Tetons and has remained active since. In addition, he is an accomplished, Nordic skier, cyclist, fly-fisherman and photographer. Malcolm is still an active rock and ice climber, cyclist, fly-fisherman, photographer and incorrigible gear designer.
Malcolm was a founding board member of No Barriers and Paradox Sports, non-profits that bring human-powered sports to people with physical disabilities. In 2009 he was honored with the Climbing Industry’s Golden Piton Award in Humanity for his work with the disabled. He is still active with Paradox Sports.
In his retirement, Malcolm, with his wife, spend summers managing a remote fly fishing lodge on the Katmai Peninsula in Alaska, works at an outdoor store, is a business consultant, conducts leadership training seminars and has just started a business as a cooking coach.
Malcolm lives in Boulder, Colorado with his wife of 32 years and has two grown sons.