Kevin Tatsugawa is an assistant professor at Westfield State University in Massachusetts and also a Brooks-Range Mountaineering product ambassador. A few months ago, he took off to Nepal for a trip that made him think about what the word “inspirational” really means. This blog is about a trek to Nepal. Ang Tshering Lama (a Nepali guide […]Read more "Describing Clichés: On Hope and Inspiration in Nepal"
Dr. Kevin Tatsugawa, a Brooks-Range ambassador, attended the Access Fund Education Summit in November. This is his report on his experience. All climbers have a story of their first climbing experience. Back in the day, it revolved around a more experienced friend literally “showing one the ropes.” Climbing used to be an activity that was […]Read more "The Access Fund Education Summit: Climbing Etiquette and Education"
The boulders below Drug Dome are big; some are really big. A few of my friends and I have been lucky enough to be the first to climb some of the harder, bigger lines there. The first thing we climbed on was this amazing V7 called “For The Glory,” one of the best step lines […]Read more "Ambassador Charlie Barrett Completes FA of Unnamed V10 in the Tuolumne Meadows Area"
What I enjoy most about traveling is the shift in perspective that comes from being in a new place. I begin to see and think about things differently the minute I leave home. As a climber and mountain guide, this shift has most often been connected with adventures in the mountains and is a major […]Read more "Silas Rossi and the Magic of the Dolomites"
My obsession with the Grand Illusion started when I started climbing over 13 years ago. I remember seeing Greg Epperson’s picture of Hidetaka Suzuki clipping an oval biner on a friend high on the route. I remember thinking to myself, the route looked so beautiful, impossible and simply perfect. I didn’t care where on earth […]Read more "Charlie Barrett’s Working on a Dream: The Grand Illusion Route"
My Canadian friend, Ryan, has always been one of my favorite climbing partners. We’ve climbed together a lot through the years – everywhere from Squamish to Joshua Tree with many places in between. Ryan and his wife try to make their way to my house on the east side of the Sierra for a month […]Read more "Field Report: Summiting Starlight and Thunderbolt in the Eastern Sierra"
FA: Chris Wright and Scott Adamson, April 18-20, 20031 The Mooses Tooth*, East Face Alaska Range, AK After leaving a balmy spring in the Oregon desert, the first step out of the Anchorage airport reminded me that the far north hadn’t taken the equinox to heart just yet. Regardless, after only a couple days of […]Read more "Terror (VI WI6 M7 R/X A2 1,500m)"
Plans to climb a peak this weekend? Be sure to look up, way up, once you reach the summit. The annual eagle migration is picking up steam and mountaintops offer a bird’s eye view of the big event. Pack a pair of binoculars and extra warm clothes and factor in a little extra time at […]Read more "Golden Eagle Migration"
Skiers are jumping for joy; hikers are groaning. Yes, it’s true. September is barely on board and we get our first dump of snow in the mountains. It’s a bit of a cruel joke – one day shorts and t-shirts, the next pants and warm coats. Sure, the sun still packs enough heat to melt […]Read more "Summer Snow"
“We need your help with RT. Please see our Facebook page for important information (dr)” – tweeted by Glacier National Park (@glaciernps) this a.m. The message: an overdue staff member. The Facebook entry goes on to say: “We need your help. Glacier National Park seasonal employee Jacob “Jake” Rigby is overdue from a hike he began […]Read more "Social Media Another SAR Tool"