BoeAlps Photography Contest Winners!

So I don’t thank Kyle nearly enough for what a wonderful photographer he is but this last week we won a couple of prizes for some of his beautiful photographs from BoeAlps at their annual BoeAlps Photography Competition.  He really is an amazing photographer.  Here are the winners:

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The Ironic Proposal

Three and a half years ago when I met Kyle he had just attempted to climbed his first 14er in Colorado, which inspired him to quit his job in Chicago and move to Arizona, seeking a change of pace, adventure, and the future.  Amongst trying a million new things (brussels sprouts and asparagus, for example) […]

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Life’s Greatest Accomplishments

Like most people I have seen myself becoming many different things in my life.  My first aspiration ever, as a third grader, was to become an Archeologist.  A few years later: the President of the United States.  In high school I wanted to be an actress.  When I went to college I actually came sort […]

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When Your Edge Grows

When was the last time you cried tears of joy?  For me, before this last weekend, the answer was once, when I summited Katahdin and completed my thruhike of the Appalachian Trail.  If I am honest with myself those weren’t even tears of pure joy, there was something sad about them, something devastating… but more […]

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The Belly of the Beast

As I was being lowered, belly flop style, into a crevasse yesterday I couldn’t help but mutter, “Well this is the strangest decision I have ever made.”  In retrospect, strange might not be the perfect word to describe it. Yesterday our team and three other teams (there were a lot of people up on the […]

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Hunting for Unicorns

Last weeks climb to Unicorn Peak, the tallest in the Tatoosh range at 6,971ft, was a huge success.  Honestly there isn’t a lot to tell because it was a rather uneventful climb… uneventful in the sense of no accidents, disasters, near misses… It is strange that I think of a climb as uneventful if nothing […]

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Raising the Roof in Leavenworth

This last weekend we went to Leavenworth for class on Saturday and a little personal climbing on Sunday.  A couple of good stories came out of the weekend, some good, some scary, all awesome in the end. The weekend began on Friday afternoon when we piled into Carl’s Prius and drove over to Leavenworth.  I […]

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The Belaystein Bears Climb a Mountain Together

Last weekend was my teams overnight adventure to Gothic Basin where we had lofty goals to climb Del Campo and Gothic Peak.  This was our plan: Saturday, April 18th:  4:00am– Kyle and I wake up and get ready to go. 5:15am– Pick up Carl and Sarah, our carpooling buddies. 6:30am– Congregate at the Verlot Ranger […]

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Are You Scared of the Dark?

Truthfully, I am scared of a lot of things.  I’ve certainly gotten better over the years, when I was in high school I remember finding a list of fears I had written down in elementary school.  It was a long list.  Pretty much every single natural disaster was on there, as well as spiders, snakes, […]

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