On September 9, 2000 Bill Borger became the 18th Canadian and first Calgarian to ever swim the English Channel. On May 12, 2011 Bill Borger submitted Mt. Everest and became the 1st Canadian and 5th man to ever accomplish both feats. His climbing experience spans 4 continents and 18 years (off and on) and includes attempts on more than 60 peaks. The stories of many of those peaks are included on this site. He also is able to claim many first ascents including his most notable big wall first ascent and only free climb of the SW face of Mt. Thor (accompanied by climber John Furneaux) as well as many first ascents on ice in Emotions Craig and on White Rose Wall with Larry Dolecki. Bill is still climbing and typically spends more than 50 days per year on various ice and rock climbs around the world but has substantially quit swimming. Pursuant to his adventures and speaking engagements Bill has raised more than $600,000 for local charities.
Bill is President and CEO of the Borger Group of Companies, his family’s 99 year old, 4th generation family businesses. Bill has two children Katie (16) and Billy (13). Bill’s thirst for adventure has seen many cycling epics, climbing epics and swimming epics. One of his crazy challenges was to cycle Canada from Victoria BC to St. John’s Newfoundland (8000+km) in less than 30 days during which his 3 man cycling team turned into a solo bid from the 1200km mark onwards as his comrades quit. He accomplished the 8,000+ Km ride across Canada in 32 days.
His primary focus is on his kids and his work but he is continuing to hone his ice climbing and mountaineering skills.