Author Archives: Derek Cheng

About Derek Cheng

Derek Cheng is a journalist and photographer whose work has appeared in publications in several countries, including the US, New Zealand, Australia, Canada, and the UK. Since he discovered climbing about ten years ago, he has worked as little as possible so he can travel widely, chasing rock faces in all corners of the world - from stalactite-blessed limestone in China, to the alpine granite of the Bugaboos and the Sierra Nevada, to quartzite giants in Morocco. His work can be viewed at

Dirtbag Dispatches: One Summit, Five People, Two Lightning Bolts

Published in NZ Adventure Magazine, April/May 2018 by Derek Cheng   The first lightning bolt knocked Bruce Weiner senseless, and left him without feeling in his legs. The second one hit him so hard, his spirit seemed to leave his body. “There … Continue reading

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