The Fourth Peak
When he suggested we do Half Dome after I'd been climbing one year, I thought he was joking. My little beginning climber's heart leapt, but didn't he realize how out of shape I was? How soft? How fearful? How old?
The Asgard Epic
In Norse mythology, Asgard was the Realm of the Gods. I had feasted on the divine stone of both of its south and east sides, with Chris Brazeau in 2009, yet I was hungry for more, as I considered what we'd climbed to be some of the finest alpine rock I'd ever experienced.
Reducing the Risk on Rockies Limestone
When it comes to surviving and thriving in the battle with gravity, being a good climber is only part of the equation. I've been very fortunate to have climbed a very long time. Using my experiences over the years, I hope to offer some tips to reduce risk, preventable heartache and suffering.
When I sat down to write this story it was just supposed to be about this route in Yosemite called The Prophet which I completed this fall. As I started typing I realized that it was much more than just a route for me, and this made the writing process more difficult than just summing up a stack of pitches on a granite wall.
Big Trad - The Rockies Modern Game
What exactly is the traditional game today depends on who you talk to. Some old-school traditionalists who say the modern game has ruined climbing. The younger generation rush to embrace modern tactics and ethics in search of ever steeper ground and harder grades.
A Bouldering Affair - Still in Love After All These Years
Against all the odds, as well as my cheating climbing heart and the endless mountain passes separating us, I'm still head-over-heels for the bouldering in Bishop, California.
Climbing in the Land of Legends
Mount Yamnuska over the years has remained the heartbeat of the rockies trad scene. This summer marked the 60th year for technical rock climbing in the Rockies and it all got started on this great cliff. The mountain has stood witness to four generations of climbers. Many firsts have kept the mountain at the leading edge in terms of grades and ethical standards.
Out of Nowhere - Nathan Kutcher
If you looked at the roster for the men's competition this past January, you probably wouldn't have picked first-time competitor Nathan Kutcher of St. Catharines to win top honors. "Nobody in the competition had ever even heard of this guy," competition director and Ouray Ice Park co-founder Bill Whitt said. "But he came and dominated."
The Okanagan’s Bouldering Boom
Currently, the Okanagan boasts at least 10 bouldering areas with over 1000 established problems. The rock varies from Tuolumne-style, knobby granite to RMNP-esque boulder fields filled with ridiculously featured Monashee gneiss. Settings range from lakeside escapes to higher elevation "kid in a candy store" boulder fields.
Mammut Photo Contest Winners
Winners of the Mammut Photo Contest.