The Best Moderate Climb in America

Royal Robbins said that Corrugation Corner (5.7) was the best climb of its grade anywhere. 5.7 is a moderate grade, and with a little bit of patience and instruction anyone can likely climb it. Maybe not clean, but climbing clean (without falls) isn't as big of a deal on top rope--at least not on a…

The Climb That Inspired It All

There is a classic video where Dan Osman free solos Bear's Reach at incredible speed. It was the video that etched climbing into my mind. The movement, the environment, even the guy himself--everything about that video touched on some deep dark desire that I had to be on the cutting edge of something. Years would…

Climbing 100: Disciplines

I commented on a post using some climbing jargon, and the author responded asking me what I meant. Later on, somebody commented on one of my posts asking for some clarification on some more climbing related jargon. I think that was when I realized that I've never really explained anything about climbing, so I'm going…

The Calm Before the Storm

We pulled into South Lake pretty late. I think by the time we reserved our campsite and had the tent set up it was close to midnight. I boiled up one of my gourmet ramens and enjoyed it under a star-filled mountain sky. Dave crashed out. I thumbed through the guidebook looking for an easy…