Day one, four bears deep

Kyle and I eyed every car that pulled into the parking lot. Why were they there? Did they look like they might be interested in permits? Most cars seemed to be filled with people who just needed a quick trip to the bathroom before hitting the road again. After they left we would relax back […]

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Crack Climbing is Sexy

There is something seductive and smooth about the way you climb crack. Slowly inserting your hand into a long dark crease in a face of granite, twisting and feeling until your hand locks into places and then slowly moving the other hand above it, in line, pulling down softly, feeling the crystals stick to your […]

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My Mother: The Goat Whisperer

For labor day we decided to go real classic – we found a fun big group of people and we went backpacking in a very popular spot. It was great. We had promised to take my mom backpacking and we had put Goat Rocks on our calendar early in the summer. We couldn’t wait to […]

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Starting a New Trad(ition)

We are staring up a human sized hole in the rock and Carl is looking at me, holding a piece of trad gear in his outstretched hand. “Do you want to lead this first pitch?” I responded, taking the piece and clipping it to my harness, “Sure, but what do I do? I mean I […]

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Summer Scrambles

On weekends when Kyle and I had commitments (see work camping trips and fundraising events) we tried to find scrambles that we could accomplish in a day. They don’t quite deserve a blog post all on their own so I am going to squish two of them together into one. Hibox Mountain: We went out […]

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Alpine AF

“Man, this is alpine AF,” mused Michelle as we stepped into our incredible campsite that Kyle had found, with views of Mount Stewart, larger than life, on our doorstep. Goats frolicked all around us, their little hooves rat-a-tat-tatting on the granite. The air was piney fresh and a light breeze ruffled our sweaty hair. Nelson, […]

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I do

Okay, this is breaking a little bit from our typically very outdoorsy theme, but I just wanted to butt into our own adventures to tell you that Kyle and I have officially embarked upon a different kind of adventure: marriage. On July 29th we stood in the middle of a giant circle of our friends […]

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Sahale Peak

*Quick side note – this one is pretty short and sweet and right to the nitty gritty, because Sahale was so beautiful that I would have to work for hours to write the prose worthy of describing it. So I wrote about the climb and left the details up to the pictures. Often times climbing […]

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1 Pitch + 1 Pitch = Multi-pitch!

For us, a 5am start was leisurely. The sky was already starting to brighten as we rolled out of our car tent and onto the mile road walk to the Ingalls Peak Trailhead. With us was Carl, who had agreed to lead the rock pitches that would eventually stand between us and the summit. We […]

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