Category: Climbs

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

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

March 24, 2016 / / Climbing
February 23, 2016 / / Climbing

“Man that line is awesome” I say to no one in particular.  Of the king lines we have seen this one has by far drawn…

Read the PostRiver of Dreams

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

March 26, 2015 / / Climbing

The steep, hot, unshaded hillside was untrailed, but at least it was covered in pimpenellas, a dry seed with burr like tendencies that got all…

Read the PostCoco Duro

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

September 1, 2014 / / Climbing
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

April 14, 2013 / / Climbs

    Click HERE to purchase Capitol Gorgeous, THE climbing guide to Capitol Reef National Park and Wayne County, UT.   This is a small volume to big adventure …

Read the PostCapitol Reef Climbing Guide…

March 7, 2013 / / Climbing

“Wow, that was the best pitch yet” Liz exclaims as she mantles onto to the white, rounded sandstone at the top of a varnished finger…

Read the PostThe Beast Within

May 21, 2012 / / Climbs

Miming is not something that I often do. In fact I find myself quite often mocking the mimers. The people who sit around and mime…

Read the PostProjects

February 22, 2012 / / Climbs

The early morning sun catches the northeast face of Dihedral Rock.  A prominent left facing corner flirts with the December sun until mid morning.  The…

Read the PostThe Reason (Part II)

December 25, 2011 / / Alpine Notes

“Well it looks like it is your lead” Matt says with a motion up toward the crack. “Uhh, you won the rochambeau fair and square. …

Read the PostBlack Elk Speaks