Category Archives: Climbing

Dear Media: Mountains are not Stadiums, even for Honnold, Brosse and Jornet

“There are only three sports: bullfighting, motor racing, and mountaineering; all the rest are merely games.” -Hemingway Advertisements

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North for the Sun: on the Narrows way to Zion

Yeah wordplay and symbolism. I packed it into that title. And we packed the weekend too: climbing, hiking the Narrows and solar eclipse viewing in Zion National Park, a place that’s indeed close to Heaven on Earth. Livin’ it! Sunset … Continue reading

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What Our Ascent of the Evolution Traverse Means to Me

Last week Konstantin Stoletov, Shay Har-Noy, a rubber duck (“Ducky”), and myself completed a Winter Ascent of the Evolution Traverse, the biggest and most daunting High Sierra technical climb yet to be completed in Winter, and thus far the only Winter … Continue reading

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Nurturing Nature in the Eastern Sierra

South Tufa of Mono Lake at sunset What makes the outdoors so great? Nature itself, or our nurturing and altering of it? Mono Lake is the Eastern Sierra’s biggest and most famous lake, but it was drained significantly to bring … Continue reading

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Insights on Onsights at Red Rocks

There is a hierarchy in climbing–leading is better than following which is better than toproping. An onsight (first try, no info about the route) is better than a beta flash (first try but you have info about the moves–a.k.a. beta– … Continue reading

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Zoroaster Temple, America’s Holy of Holies

It is often said that the Grand Canyon is America’s Cathedral. In that case, Zoroaster Temple–the most symmetric and beautiful of the dozens of towers rising improbably from the center of the Grand Canyon–is the Holy of Holies. The entry … Continue reading

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Badwater to the Bone: Death Valley to Mount Whitney Summit in a Day

In school we learn that Death Valley is the lowest place in the Americas. Less than 100 miles away, as the crow flies, is Mt Whitney, the highest point in the 48. Distance, elevation, extreme temps, and two mountain ranges … Continue reading

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