So what do we do, climbers? Do we abandon the temples of rock climbing to the hordes? Do we focus on education? Do we enforce regulations? Do we tell bereaved families that their son or daughter should have known better? Do we limit what is considered grounds for lawsuits? Do we avoid the Fifty Classics? Do we stop writing guidebooks? Do we seek ever further adventures, necessitating going harder? Do we give over to the guides leading folks from Maryland up Forbidden Peak? Do we adopt the pernicious attitude of "I was here first, and I can't share?"
The world is connected by footsteps. Before steamships and zeppelins, before jets and bicycles, we walked. We crossed distances, left deserts and savannas, on our heels. Walking hearkens back to a world of mysteries, of animism and great unknowns, of shedding our technological present and returning to something somehow seeming more pure. But does walking... Continue Reading →
First, I want to say a big thanks to my fellow co-worker, Kelsey Ivey, who both got me blogging on our EverGreen site, and inspired me to make this blog look a little cooler. You can find the EverGreen Escapes blog here, a post on my cold-as-hell adventure up Three Fingers here, and the sustainability... Continue Reading →
The long and lonely valleys, the stark uplift of mountain, the play of light on cholla and ocotillo--this is the desert. We four-wheeled through Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, heading further and further back into those fierce, abrupt canyons. The San Jacinto Range caught the fire of the setting sun, a dry alpenglow thousands of feet... Continue Reading →
Curled underneath a white boulder, KG and I huddled as the storm wracked the face of Mt. Stuart. Blackened clouds funneled and churned above the peak and rain shot sideways volleys at the granite. Further north, lightning strobed the morning sky. Yes--it was a wonderful day to attempt the West Ridge of Mt. Stuart. Our plan... Continue Reading →