Category: Alpine Notes

Musings of an alpine nature…

March 22, 2017 / / Alpine Notes

Eventually, in the parking lot, gear and people sprawled everywhere, Jim came clean. “Jared, I need to tell you something.” The wry, maybe it was…

Read the PostThe Lies That Bind

February 27, 2017 / / Alpine Notes

Jackson Hole Mountain Guides’ office is in a strip mall at the south end of town. The facade and interior are not classically strip mall-esque,…

Read the PostPowder of Persuasion

August 5, 2016 / / Alpine Notes

24 July 2017–The waning gibbous moon provides ample early morning light as our crampons crunch on less than hard snow. Despite the ample ambient lighting,…

Read the PostEasy Days

May 7, 2016 / / Alpine Notes

It started the same way and ended the same way.  Driving in, the road was still rough.  Walking out the beers were still in the…

Read the PostRestorations

September 28, 2015 / / Alpine Notes

They are the best of times, they are the worst of times, they are places of wisdom, they are places of foolishness, they are places…

Read the PostThe Good Fight

August 25, 2015 / / Alpine Notes

Doubt, fear’s twin brother, confidently raised it’s beastly head today. It came as I stared upward at the imposing chimneys. It was there again as…

Read the PostTerra Incognita

May 17, 2015 / / Alpine Notes

Cassiopeia and Ursa Major make their slow, daily rotation around the hulking 6,611 meter shoulder of the Nanda Devi satellite peak, Nanda Khat (the bed…

Read the PostThe Load Ferry

May 17, 2015 / / Alpine Notes

All I want to do is lie back down, curl up and rest.  Sleep won’t come, but the lethargy is winning its battle. “I accidentally…

Read the PostThe Challenges

May 17, 2015 / / Alpine Notes

Above me white puffs of cloud swirl in and out of blue skies.  They coalesce out of nothingness, dance and paint the blue sky canvas…

Read the PostDhana Dura

May 17, 2015 / / Alpine Notes

Isn’t actually a road at all, at least in the direction from which we are approaching.  Initially it is a wide expanse of white snow,…

Read the PostThe Road To Martoli

March 3, 2015 / / Alpine Notes
November 4, 2014 / / Alpine Notes

“I can’t get all this stuff into my pack.” Whether the first day, the second, or the day after a ten day re-ration, the comment…

Read the PostTrying Harder

August 8, 2014 / / Alpine Notes

Bugaboo: an object of fear or alarm; a bogey. Upon seeing the gendarme high on the south ridge of the then unnamed Bugaboo Spire, Conrad…

Read the PostThe Long Way Down?

July 22, 2014 / / Alpine Notes

As usual, I wished for rain.  It is always easier on the ego than feigning a case of the Sphinx Sphincter or Gannett Gut, things…

Read the PostSphinx Sphincter

December 13, 2013 / / Alpine Notes

How can something so beautiful be so, so… unforgiving, or maybe unwelcoming? The mountains of New Zealand are cruel mistresses. They tempt me with their…

Read the PostCruel Mistress