Will You Attend an Ice Festival This Year? Have you been to an ice festival? For many, it’s the highlight of their year. Every winter thousands flock to ice festivals around the world. The occasion is upbuilding for the climbing community, whether you’re an instructor, beginner, or intermediate/advanced climber. Ice clinics, mixed climbing sessions and […]Read more "Will You Attend an Ice Festival This Year? 2018 – 2019 Ice Festivals"
Charlie explains how he came to write his latest guide book: Bishop BoulderingRead more "Charlie Barrett: Writing the Guide to Bishop Bouldering"
So you and your crew have reserved a hut, made time for an adventure, and you’re ready to get going—lucky you! Pulling off a fun, lower-risk hut trip requires some planning, though, so let’s dive in and think ahead to your ideal trip. Your Crew A beautiful hut, plenty of food, and epic snow should […]Read more "How to Plan a Hut Trip: Practical Advice That Will Save Your Bacon"
For all its beauty and allure, backcountry skiing is no joke. Between the open bowls, sweeping canyons and gladed runs that draw us into the snowy wilds, there is a serious side to leaving the resorts for new adventures. Avalanches, no matter how big or small, have the potential to injure or kill you. And […]Read more "Backcountry Know-How for the Newly Initiated"
As a small company of mountaineers, we are passionate about the Brooks Range Mountains and everything they represent. This week we caught up with Wildlife Biologist, Kyle Joly, to find out more about the grizzlies that call this beautiful range home. You are a Wildlife Biologist doing incredible research — tell us a little bit […]Read more "Grizzly Bears of Alaska’s Brooks Range"
One of the biggest problems facing the climbing community today is the poor behavior of some climbers. Improper trail use, damaging rock faces, and crushing fragile vegetation can threaten climber access to outdoor climbing areas. Can education change behavior, ethics, and stewardship among climbers or are we doomed to a life of closed crags? Many […]Read more "How to Educate New Climbers"
Remember a couple of blogs we published last year on sunscreen? Well, the issue is still important and recently, a video went viral that powerfully demonstrates the hidden effects of sun exposure (UV radiation) on the skin and how sunscreen can help mitigate this problem. While the video is a bit shocking, it will also, hopefully, […]Read more "ICYMI: The Importance of Sunscreen"
It is summertime – time for long hikes, lake swims, trail runs and camping trips. While you’re on your many mile treks in the warm weather, you probably consider dehydration. Perhaps you just drink water, but you may also carry along sport drinks to help combat the dizzying dehydration effects. But caffeine, which is touted […]Read more "How Caffeine in Sport Drinks Affects You"
Dr. Mel is my friend, colleague, an accomplished endurance athlete (road racer), and a respected researcher in sports nutrition. Recently, she has taken an interest in energy drinks and examining if they truly enhance sport performance in adventure athletes, as their marketing implies. Below is her latest research on this topic: Energy Drinks have become […]Read more "Do Energy Drinks Benefit Athletes?"
No shit, there I was on the summit of an unnamed, previously unclimbed 6,000-meter peak in Pakistan. First ascent! “Cover of ‘Rock & Ice’ and ‘Climbing’ for sure!” I was thinking. I remember feelings of ecstasy, rapture, and bliss. I felt if I could climb this mountain then I could do anything. The climb was […]Read more "The Access Fund: Building a Better World"