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

Chasing the high: El Potrero Chico and El Salto, Mexico

Words and photos by Derek Cheng Published in The Climber, April 2019. “Rock! Rock! Rock!” Six hundred metres up a steep rock face is never a good place for laziness to set in.  We were on Time Wave Zero (5.12a/24), the classic … Continue reading

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