What is Wild and Free?

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 Cascade Top 10 Lakes List!

Eek!  I've been so busy either at work or at play up in the mountains I haven't been good to my poor ol' little blog... So without much fanfare, here I present my--no particular order--Cascade Top 10 List o' Lakes...All the lakes into which I've dipped toe, gingerly stepped on when iced, gazed on from... Continue Reading →

Ghosts and Glaciers

Go.  Go now.  Go while the mountains are still robed in layers of white and cold blue.  Go while the air is heavy with the sultry heat of spring growth.  Go while the trillium blooms and the wind alternates warm and cool across baking rocks and iced glaciers. Wander the old trail back to the... Continue Reading →

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