Famed big-wall climber and photographer Mike Libecki plans to reveal the harsh faces of Antarctica and Greenland in Ashland tonight.

Famed big-wall climber and photographer Mike Libecki plans to reveal the harsh faces of Antarctica and Greenland in Ashland tonight.

Libecki's free slide show documents his efforts to climb 4,000-foot granite walls and live in hanging structures on the cliff side for as long as a month. His multimedia presentation also depicts dramatic landscapes, fierce weather and wildlife, as well as isolated cultures.

"It is about sharing the adventure," says Libecki. "The flora, the fauna, the mystery."

The 35-year-old resident of Cottonwood Heights, Utah, says he has been climbing most of his life and traveling to the ends of the Earth for the past 13 years. Recipient of numerous grants and climbing awards, Libecki has been profiled by National Geographic, Men's Journal and Outside magazines, as well as ABC News.

Libecki's bid to surmount the world's highest and most remote walls has taken him to every continent several times over. He's made multiple first ascents in China, Greenland, Madagascar, Papua New Guinea, Russia, Kyrgysztan, Uzbekistan, Venezuela and the Canadian Arctic. He was the first to traverse the Taklamakan Desert in western China, known to natives as the "Sea of Death." He relived the desert trek at an Ashland show in 2002.

Libecki spent 80 days skiing and climbing with partner, Josh Helling, of Yosemite, Calif., in Queen Maud Land, Antarctica — one of the major points of interest in tonight's presentation. He'll also show audiences "what it takes to survive for two months in temperatures colder than your freezer."

"Why is the big question," Libecki says of his travels. "I love every part of the adventure travel that goes with it."

Climbing constitutes about 51 percent of his purpose, Libecki says. Almost of equal interest is exploring and sharing unusual cultural experiences, like purchasing 20 camels in China to carry his gear into the mountains. Libecki says future expeditions likely will take him to Afghanistan, remote islands in the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans and Franz Josef Land, a Russian island chain in the Arctic.

"I feel pretty honored to be able to travel like this," Libecki says. "I go to so many different places."

Although he travels two to three months of the year, Libecki says his primary occupations are homemaker, parent to his 5-year-old daughter Lilliana and caretaker of their menagerie of pets. Libecki also writes about his travels and works in product design and testing. He plans to take the multimedia show on Friday to Backcountry Gear in Eugene.