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"
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"
For the last 10 years, Miranda Oakley’s endless enthusiasm for rock climbing has taken her all over the world. Just last year she completed a 27-hour solo ascent of El Capitan, put up an FA in northern Patagonia (5.12c) and completed an onsight free ascent of The Rainbow Wall in Red Rocks (5.12a). So when […]Read more "Cragging through Colombia with a Yosemite Crusher"
Cover Photo: Adrain-Mathieu Morin If you were a hardcore snowboarder in the 90s it’s likely you were charging the park and pipe with distant dreams of taking your passion to the X Games. If you were Eric Layton in the 90s, you would split your own board, head to the backcountry and never look back. It’s […]Read more "Breaking Trail in the Backcountry: A Q&A with Splitboard Guide Eric Layton"
Words: Brooks-Range founder Matt Brooks / Header Photo: Shawn Heinrichs “C’est bonne!” Our local guides, Pierre and Marino, flashed us two thumbs up as we emerged from the water after successfully deploying a custom Fastloc-GPS satellite tag on a male manta ray with a wingspan approaching ten feet. We had been diving the reefs of Ouvea […]Read more "Mantas, Angels and Kanaks: A New Caledonian Odyssey"
By Dorn Van Dommelen For years I’ve wanted to have a floorless tent for various Alaskan adventures: an easy-to-pitch shelter that could be thrown up during a downpour as a lunchtime sanctuary, or a winter cooking/sleeping shelter that could squeeze in a crowd in a pinch. So, last year I added a Brooks-Range Stubai tent […]Read more "The Versatility of the Stubai Tent"
Aaron Richards is a professional mountain guide who lives in Bishop, California and works for Sierra Mountain Center. He recently attempted a climb he’s been talking about for many years. Here are the results. Most of the big climbs I do in the Sierra are thanks to my friend Ian McEleny. He comes up with stupid […]Read more "Climbing 4 Alpine Climbing Routes in 4 Days"
Charlie Barrett is writing a guidebook on bouldering in Yosemite National Park’s Tuolumne Meadows. How does one write a guidebook? Charlie explains how he ended up with this job, that it’s not as easy as it sounds, and why he thought Tuolumne Meadows would be the perfect place to write about. I used to climb routes in […]Read more "How to Write a Guidebook"