Charlie explains how he came to write his latest guide book: Bishop BoulderingRead more "Charlie Barrett: Writing the Guide to Bishop Bouldering"
“The client must never see the guide eat, drink, or change his clothing,” declared the Swiss-German mountain guide. Compact, steely-eyed, utterly convinced of every word spoken from his mouth, this gentleman issued declarations in steady stream, for any intimidated wanna-be to record. And I, being an intimidated wanna-be, listened to every word, but how was […]Read more "The Alpha Softshell: A Guide’s Take"
Words by Brooks-Range Ambassador Miranda Oakley. January 2017 I set out to have an adventure in the Middle East. I hoped to come back with a story that people wanted to hear. A story that inspired people to use climbing to connect people despite their differences. Like most climbers, I struggle to confront reality. I […]Read more "Climbing in Conflict: A Journey Through the Middle East"
Carlos Buhler has built a climbing resume that spans the globe, much in the rarefied air of the Himalaya. Growing up in New York, he was introduced to the great outdoors at an early age, but it wasn’t until a trip to Europe while still a teenager that the majesty of the vertical wilderness took […]Read more "Rarefied – The Alpine Life of Carlos Buhler"
By Eric Layton It’s ski season, and that means it time to dust off and dial in our backpacks for the backcountry! Make sure you’re prepared for winter ski and splitboard trips with this comprehensive gear guide on how to properly pack for your next tour. I have often referred to my backpack as being […]Read more "Pro Tips: How to Pack for Backcountry Travel"
by Miranda Oakley At times I find myself despising the comfort of my own bed. Deep into the night my warm body lays pocketed between layers of smooth sheets and down comforters. My alarm goes off at 3:30 am, just a couple of hours after falling asleep. I laid awake for most of the night […]Read more "Alone on El Capitan"
Above: Ali on the first all-female ascent of Pinnacle Peak in the Himalaya. 📷: Rebecca Haspel Words by: Alison Criscitiello Anna and I are both keen explorers and adventurers, with a focus on bold and new ascents and traverses. This peak and route are appealing both for being as of yet unclimbed and for the aesthetics […]Read more "A Bold New Ascent: Setting Out for Garhwal"
I left in the middle of March for my annual heli ski guiding in Valdez, Alaska. I’ve been coming to Alaska for 13 years now, 10 of those have been working in the industry. Upon my arrival in AK this season, I was greeted with the open arms of El Niño. The storm door was […]Read more "What It’s Like to Be a Heli Ski Guide in the Summer"
Words and photos courtesy of Alison Criscitiello 2016 has been an icy whirlwind thus far, and my favorite kind – ping ponging between polar ice core projects and oxygen-depleted climbing objectives. In the spring, I headed alone to the northernmost reaches of Ellesmere Island, where the Agassiz Ice Cap spills into Baffin Bay. I am leading […]Read more "Adventures to the Edge of the Earth"
By Miranda Oakley Las Vegas is the land of extremes. On one end you have The Strip where high rollers gamble away fortunes, fountains of water shoot through the air in a choreographed dance and sidewalks are filled with tourists drinking cocktails and taking selfies. On the other end you have me, perched on a ledge […]Read more "An Insider’s Guide: What It Takes to Get Your Rock Guide Certification"