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 – Dirtbag Queens

Published in New Zealand Adventure Magazine, Aug/Sept 2018 Words and photos, including cover shot, by Derek Cheng It was The Grateful Dead – not rock or ice, surf or snow – that first led American climber Heidi Wirtz to a … Continue reading

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