“There is no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing.” — Sir Ranulph Fiennes This year, the environments that I subjected myself to tested my experience and skill as a hiker and as a climber like never before. I had to adapt to a year of tough physical work, long days on the trail, […]Read more "Gear Of The Year: My Top Five Favorite Pieces of 2013"
I realize that this site has gone quiet, but I haven’t. Lately i’ve been concentrating my time on my trips, my climbing, my contributions to other publications, and less on my writing here. This is where it started, and as my project now goes into its second year, the weather begins to change, the cold […]Read more "Hiatus Over: Thoughts on My First Full Climbing Season"
Yesterday in Saint Petersburg, Russia, the IOC struck the decisive blow against including sport climbing as an Olympic event for the 2020 games. It was a decision that saw baseball, squash, and the sport I feel was unjustly ousted, wrestling, as possible candidates for reintroduction to the games. Although climbing as an Olympic event would […]Read more "So The Olympics Doesn’t Like Climbing and I’m OK With That: My Case Against Olympic Climbing"
“Mountains are not stadiums where I satisfy my ambition to achieve, they are the cathedrals where I practice my religion…I go to them as humans go to worship. From their lofty summits I view my past, dream of the future and, with an unusual acuity, am allowed to experience the present moment…my vision cleared, my […]Read more "Up In The Clouds: How Climbing Changed My Life"