The 2018 Denali climbing season just wrapped up and not a day goes by that I don't think of the Alaska Range. Re-balancing into everyday life in summer I dream incessantly about winter. Since I've been back I've been walking around with little direction and no plans which is oddly unfamiliar to me. I think it’s healthy and there’s a whole bunch of unknown ahead but it feels good to have put some new concepts in place as of late - a vision for new test pieces to come 😉. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Summit or not there are some truly inspirational stories from this season. Anne Gilbert Chase and Chantel Astorga completed the first female ascent of the Slovak Direct and Colin Haley shattered the speed record on the Cassin - incredible feats to say the least. I always find these speed records interesting because you see the number and it blows you away, but what you don't see is all the effort it took to be prepared and get into position to pull something like this off. No less than a month of waiting for the perfect conditions, caching gear/supplies, and staying mentally and physically focused in a pretty inhospitable, but beautiful place. Always fun swapping war stories with people from all around the country and the world in pursuit of our dreams. 14K "hippie" camp is the perfect location to do so. Congratulations to all climbers this season! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Special thanks to @denalinps
and their Ranger crew. We had an incident on our team involving cream cheese, a knife, the fatty slab of an index finger, and eight stitches. Fortunately we had a surgeon on our team but the Rangers were helpful in providing some approved stitching. Our alternate would’ve been a little messier. I know there were far worse scenarios for which the Ranger crew mobilized for. Thanks for all your efforts this season! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I'll probably never go back to Denali, but the Alaska Range is pulling too hard to ignore forever.
sending Springbok at Rocklands like a champ. Tag us #ClymbLife
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Photo by @jonglassberg
in Western Cape, South Africa
Amazing view from the top, but the best things are the one you don’t expect.. Pinkish spikes on the way up Monte Generoso, just before the toughest slope of the vertical km we walked yesterday.
First of many images to come from family camp at Wallowa lake. Love the small town feel of Joseph.
730 days together + many many more to come. Cheers to us bebe! Happy anniversary 💛
Here is Ely blending in & making all of the climbs look easy. I guess we’re psyched on sport climbing again oopsie!
Yesterday’s hike to the #cooperspur
inscription was tough but very worth it! This hike was basically 50% scrambling because we kept mistakenly stepping off the trail...oops 🤷🏻♀️ More pics to come from above Elliot Glacier 😉
Power naps between send attempts
The scale of these patagonian mountains and ice caps are really hard to grasp... but this early riser walking along the sandbar helped a lot.
Keep in mind the camera is *way* closer to the sand bar than the sand bar is from the mountains. Those piles of rock and ice are HUGE.
Sometimes all you need in life, is a little less.
Got to meet his bad ass dude the other day in the mountains! Everyone meet @hamlet_the_tiger
An easy walk with a #4paws
friend this morning.
We tend to undervalue the places which are closest to us and we know best. I grew up very close to this beautiful park and sometimes forget it has the power to create a parallel reality to the one of the city.
Never take for granted beauty and nature around you.
Nestled in the Julian Alps of Slovenia, Lake Bled is truly in a league of its own. Turquoise waters, surrounded by mountains, a church on the island, and a castle set up above the lake on a cliff. Not even in my wildest dreams could I imagine a lake so scenic and idyllic.
#lakebled #bled #julianalps #slovenia #outdoorslovenia
Made the most of my one day off this week. I swear the order doesn't look as convoluted on a map.
All the effort to try and capture lightning is pretty fun. This is the single bolt I got.
Seeing these roofs have taught me a lot. If you want something, your not going to get it just sitting there.
on Weathertop v5,
Had an awesome time breaking in the new @woodardrodco
3wt making super delicate presentations to some hungry West Slope Cutthroat.
The Slippery Shrimp is ready to plant itself in the lips of all those flats predators 🍤
July ski day 👍
Sometimes you look over the cornice and think, "shit, that's pretty steep, when did I last get my edges sharpened, December?"
We opted for the more mellow 40+ degree entry point instead of the 50+. We're getting old 😂
A weekend full of camping and climbing! These routes were only a mile from our campsite and the views were incredible. Couldn't ask for a better weekend!
It’s been quite the weekend. On Saturday I skied Skyscraper Glacier with @teejadventures
(happy birthday buddy!) @hey_krayray
On Sunday I got up, went to watch the World Cup Final, then had a date stand me up, which left a little bit of wound licking my pride. But beyond that, I also learned that Croatia has some absolutely lovely poetry. Namely the Ode to Freedom by Ivan Gundulić. And it’s quite comforting.
Oda slobodi (Ode to freedom)
O lijepa, o draga, o slatka slobodo,
dar u kom sva blaga višnji nam Bog je do.
Uzroce istini od naše sve slave,
uresu jedini od ove Dubrave.
Sva srebra, sva zlata, svi ljudski životi
ne mogu bit plata tvôj cistoj ljepoti!
Oh beautiful, oh dear, oh sweet freedom,
gift in which all fortune God gave us.
The true cause to all our glory,
the only adornment of these woods.
Every bit of silver, every bit of gold
all human lives,
can not repay your pure beauty.
#ski #skiing #backcountryskiing #backcountryski #earnyourturns #skiuphill #summerskiing #skyscraperglacier #rollinspass #bettyandboblakes #indianpeaks #indianpeakswilderness #colorado #coloradogram #rimby #liveferal #getoutside #getoutdoors #getoutstayout #neverstopexploring #neverendingwinter #summerski #clymblife #goatworthy #backcountry
It is not enough to fight for the land; it is even more important to enjoy it. While you can. While it’s still here. So get out there & hunt & fish & mess around with your friends, ramble out yonder & explore the forests, climb the mountains, bag the peaks, run the rivers, breathe deep of that yet sweet & lucid air, sit quietly for a while & contemplate the precious stillness, the lovely, mysterious, & awesome space. -Ed Abbey //
::this moment right here::
Cheers to every lady gang, broad squad, and bad bb's I've had the privilege to do rad shit with. Sometimes I don't know what I would do without so many incredible women by my side.
📸 by @ladylockoff
Any chance you can fist bump me at ALL the belays?
Ok Rifle, I see what all the fuss is about.....
Nothing like a desert sunset to bump up the serenity. #ClymbLife
"Desert landscapes are the place to find solitude, extraterrestrial mysteries, and untamed wilderness to fill a lifetime."
Photo and caption by @gaby_guyman
at Monument Valley, Arizona