Hiking doesn’t have to be intimidating, it’s really just a fancy name for “walking in nature.” Jim Zellers and Alex Honnold have some great advice for first-time hikers, where they discuss things to consider and how to approach hiking.
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The other day @tommycaldwell and I climbed Mt Meeker (far distance, via the Flying Buttress), Longs Peak (via the Casual Route), Pagoda and Chiefs Head (traversing the ridge) and then Mt Alice (via the Central Ramp I think…). Lovely day out with my favorite mountain guide – something like 20mi of mountain travel and maybe 10k of vert (??). And several of the most classic routes in the Park. Tommy sure knows how to give a good tour.
Intro to Hiking
The most accomplished rock climber of our time, Honnold’s free-solo ascents of America’s biggest walls have made him one of the most recognized and followed climbers in the world. A gifted but hard-working athlete, he’s known as much for his humble, self-effacing attitude as he is for his climbs.
Even after all the fame, sponsorships and commercials, Alex lives as simply as possible. He founded the Honnold Foundation as an extension of that ethic. The environmental non-profit aims to reduce environmental impact and address inequality by supporting solar energy initiatives worldwide.
Jim Zellers is a pro snowboarder who’s been there from beginning, establishing the sport in Tahoe after being banished to Slide Mountain and Donner Ski Ranch, exploring Alaska in the early days and leading snowboarding mountaineering expeditions around the world. Jim’s first snowboard descents include Mt. McKinley. Nepal’s Pumori, New Zealand’s Mt. Cook, Africa’s Mt. Kenya, and, Yosemite’s Half Dome.
He grew up in Cupertino, California, making trips to Tahoe through his childhood (and first sliding sideways on a $49.95 bindingless Tom Sims Ski Board in 1978) until he eventually moved to Truckee at age 18.
While attending the University of Nevada, Reno, Jim started rock climbing and soon combined it with his passion for snowboarding to venture deeper into the Range of Light and beyond. Jim has supported himself as a construction worker, a furniture maker, a commercial stuntman, a pro snowboarder and now as the founder of High Camp, an internal branding and culture building company.