Disaster Style

It's funny how life is able to punish, or enlighten us with humility. It's like the karma concept. I went on a trip to climb the East Buttress of Mount Whitney a few weeks ago, and I sprayed a lot about how my partners were inexperienced and unprepared for what we did. The result was…

Whoa…

I had a really big day. Not really all that ready to talk about what I did specifically, but I linked three big peaks in a day in the Tetons. I actually only linked two, considering that I had to bail 40ft. from the summit of the Southern Teton due to a series of thunderstorms.…

Down Days at the Park

I returned to the park yesterday and discovered that I'd arrived back to Lander in the middle of the international climbers festival. I think my The Birth of an Idea essay talks a bit about my relationship with climbing events. The international climbers festival isn't one of those events, and I'm actually pretty bummed that I…

On the Road

I arrived at my cousins house in Utah on Saturday. It's an intermediate stop, and the company is just as amazing as the landscapes. I've never traveled this far north. For all the climbing that I've done, believe it or not, I've been pretty much confined to California. And with the Sierras, Yosemite, Tahquitz and…

Tuesday is the New Saturday

We packed up the car on Monday night and pulled onto the 15-North driving straight to Red Rock Canyon, Nevada. We arrived at the campground in five hours--it was empty--and didn't even set up tents. We dropped our sleeping pads in the dirt under a beautiful star-filled desert sky--the alarm set for 4 a.m.--and slept. We…

Life on a Whim

I'm not sure that it's the climbing that I'm in love with. I think that climbing just helped me find the courage to go outside of my comfort zone. It's been a catalyst. For 25 years of my life I was too scared to live. I was reading The Alchemist a few years back, and there's this…