John Roskelley is a noted mountain climber and author from Spokane, Washington, and is known for his first ascents and notable ascents of 7000 and 8000 meter peaks in Nepal, India, and Pakistan.
Because Nanda Devi Unsoeld, the daughter of Willi Unsoeld, died on the mountain, Roskelley"s article describing the climb was called "Nanda Devi. The Tragic Expedition".
1973 Northeast Ridge Dhaulagiri, Nepal. Third ascent of peak. Summit reached with Louis Reichardt and Nawang Samden, May 12, 1973.
1976 Northwest Face Nanda Devi, United Presbyterian, India.
New route and fifth ascent of peak. Summit reached by Roskelley, Louis Reichardt and Jim States on September 1, 1976.
1977 First Ascent of Great Trango Tower with Galen Rowell, Dennis Hennek, Kim Schmitz and Jim Morrissey. 1978 Northeast Ridge/East Face and Abruzzi Ridge K2, Pakistan.
New route and third ascent of peak.
Summit reached by Louis Reichardt and Jim Wickwire on September 6, 1978. Roskelley and Rick Ridgeway reached the summit the next day. This was the first ascent of K2 by a team from the United States of America. 1979 West Face Gauri Sankar, Rolwaling Himalaya, Nepal.
FA of Route and peak, with Sherpa Dorje, summitting on May 8, 1979.
1979 East Face (VII F8 A4) Uli Biaho, Karakorum, Pakistan. FA of route and peak with Ron Kauk, Bill Forrest and Kim Schmitz.
1989 Northeast Face Taboche, Nepal. First ascent of route by Jeff Lowe and John Roskelley, reaching the summit on February 13, 1989.
Climb chronicled in "Last Days" by John Roskelley (see ).
1995 Roskelley, Tim Macartney-Snape, Stephen Venables, Jim Wickwire and Charlie Porter attempted a new route on Monte Sarmiento, on the western shores of Tierra del Fuego, where Roskelley, Macartney-Snape and Venables summited via new route up the southwest face of the western summit.