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All Mixed Up with Jed01/19/2017

On Monday (MLK Day), Jed and I got out for some ice climbing in Rocky Mountain National Park. I came back from Patagonia on the first of the year with my eyes opened to the majesty and satisfaction of true alpine climbing—i.e. routes and peaks that require a combination of rock, ice, and mixed skills, not just rock climbing at altitude—and a determination to start putting in the work to become more experienced in these complicated environments. All of the most inspiring mountains in the world require these skills…

Lumpy Librarian Link-up09/07/2016

I’ve only climbed at Lumpy three times previously, but each time involved (along with other routes) a lap of both Melvin’s Wheel on The Bookmark and White Whale on Left Book, so when I was perusing the way, way, embarrassingly far back posts on Kelly Cordes’ website earlier this summer, his reminiscing of the “Triple Schmack Challenge” caught my attention…

Sharkstooth & Spearhead Link-up07/07/2016

Listed as an “endurance challenge” in Richard Rossiter’s excellent Rocky Mountain National Park climbing guide is the whimsically titled route A Walk In The Park. This classic outing starts from the Glacier Gorge trailhead and makes its way up and over Thatchtop, Powell, McHenrys, Chiefshead, Pagoda, and Longs Peak before descending back to the trailhead to complete the loop…

Audubon to Arapaho06/28/2016

I’ve been wanting to do this big link of the Indian Peaks for quite some time, and after scouting the unknown stuff last year, I figured it would make a good tester outing to see how my gradually-less-wonky knees would hold up on a longer outing…

RMNP Triple Tower Link-Up06/27/2016

The Sky Pond cirque—tucked just beneath the Continental Divide above Loch Vale in Rocky Mountain National Park—is a spectacular place. Granite spires abound and hang improbably high above sparkling lake waters and glistening early-season snowfields. The setting feels truly alpine in the most accurate and literal interpretation of the word, i.e. it draws easy comparisons with the European Alps themselves. As a mountain enthusiast in general and a climber in particular, it’s an inspiring scene…