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Spotlight on CSU features Malcolm Daly Feb. 16

January 28, 2010

"Everything I Know About Leadership I Learned from Climbing," is the topic of a talk by CSU alumnus Malcom Daly ('78, Outdoor Recreation) at the Spotlight on CSU event on Feb. 16. Daly, the founder of the multi-million dollar company, The Great Trango, will have 'mountain photography, strange climbing tales, and even weirder business anecdotes,' to share with audience members.

Malcolm Daly ('78, Outdoor Recreation) is the speaker for the Feb. 16 Spotlight on CSU event. (Photo by Dan Brayack.)

Tuesday, Feb. 16, 5:30-7 p.m.
Hilton, Fort Collins
425 West Prospect

On Tuesday, Feb. 16 at the Hilton Fort Collins, Daly will speak on "Everything I Know About Leadership I Learned from Climbing."

Malcolm Daly ('78, Outdoor Recreation) is an icon in the outdoor world with 32 years of outdoor industry and non-profit experience.

To-the-point insights

Known for his affability, sense of humor, and to-the-point insight, Daly’s wide-ranging business, outdoor sports, and non-profit experience will provide for a lively, entertaining and educational encounter.

Founder of Great Trango Holdings

Daly 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 nonprofits 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.

Enduring love for climbing

Daly 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.

In 1999 Daly was attempting to climb a new route on an unnamed peak in the Alaska Range when he fell, severely injuring both his legs and getting stranded on an icy ledge, alone in sub-zero temperatures for 48 hours. 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."

Bringing human-powered sports to those with physical disabilities

Daly is a founding board member of No Barriers and Paradox Sports, nonprofit organizations that bring human-powered sports to people with physical disabilities. He is still on the board of Paradox Sports and also sits on the board of the Eldora Special Recreation Program that provides adaptive snowsports to people with disabilities at Eldora Mountain Resort.

Daly lives in Boulder, Colo. with his wife of 26 years, and has two sons. He is an active rock and ice climber, cyclist, fly-fisherman, photographer, and incorrigible gear designer.

Mountain photography, strange climbing tales...

Join Daly while he blends the two worlds of leadership in business and leadership in outdoor expeditions in a presentation that mixes mountain photography, strange climbing tales, and even weirder business anecdotes.

Admission and registration

  • $10 for Alumni Association members
  • $15 for non members
  • $8 for students

For information and to register by Feb. 11.

What is Spotlight on CSU?

Spotlight on CSU highlights the latest Colorado State University innovations and programs in a social atmosphere where professional relationships and partnerships are developed.  Spotlight on CSU is sponsored by the Alumni Association.

Contact: Beth Etter
Phone: (970) 491-6533