Category: Livin the dream

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…

October 28, 2014 / / Climbing

Roshambo: a simple, yet effective, ancient, Chinese game of chance. Like many other climbing days of mine, this day started with it. As we ritualistically…

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…

June 11, 2014 / / Livin the dream

I love maps. Road maps, topographical maps, geological maps, political maps, heck, almost any type of map will garner immediate interest from me. I once…

May 1, 2014 / / Livin the dream

“I can see why people say ‘oh Gore Bay… it’s not that great’” Amy says while pulling neoprene off her wet skin. She struggles to…

March 31, 2014 / / Livin the dream

27 November 2013–Ambivalence mattered today. Jim and I have passed the planning torch over to the students. They are working in groups of two to…

February 23, 2014 / / Livin the dream

“Huh, you all did it in two days, eh?” Barbara asked us.  “You got to Hari Hari yesterday and then hiked in?” she further queried…

January 19, 2014 / / Livin the dream

Hey all. Check my other blog, Patagonia.jaredspaulding.com for updates and musings from this coming month in El Chalten. Add it to your Feedly or RSS…

January 13, 2014 / / Livin the dream
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…

September 5, 2013 / / Livin the dream

The square, white boxes stand out garishly against the lush, verdant hillside and are the first thing I notice as we drive past the property…

June 8, 2013 / / Climbing

It was not with eager anticipation that I shouldered my gear laden backpack in the now paved, super-sized parking lot of Donnelly Canyon and started…

May 23, 2013 / / Alpine Notes
April 9, 2013 / / Climbing

When I feed the rat it keeps wanting more, but funnily enough, when I don’t feed it the rat doesn’t die, it simply  goes dormant…