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Category: High Altitude

Only Half Done

My wife, Kristina, repacking gear from pack to duffel in the parking lot of Mount Rainier (14,410’). July, 2012.

Another Quote from Aristotle: “Well begun is half done.” It’s been a busy two-to-three weeks for team Rocky Mountain Sourdoughs, as we prepare for Denali. The bulk of the team has been out on a few hut trips. I have yet to recover from my knee injury enough to join them. However, I have been […]

Eatting Your Way to the Top

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By Chris Case The saying goes, “You are what you eat.” But, perhaps it should be, “You should eat for what you are.” Are you a hiker? Are you a track sprinter? Especially when it comes to athletics—including hiking up that fourteener on the weekend, or hiking the Colorado Trail all week—your performance, enjoyment, and […]

The Habit of Excellence

Rocky Mountain Sourdoughs (Denali team) member Jim Berryhill carrying a heavy pack on Mount Beristadt, October 25th, 2014.

Aristotle wrote, “Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.” These words ring true to me, now more […]

Climbing Ouray’s Mammoth Icicles

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By Anne Martin Combining weight-shifting technique and strength, the climbers ascend gracefully and quickly, occasionally resting on their holds or the ropes to shake blood flow back into their frozen hands. The canyon echoes with the sharp sounds of metal on metal and the loud clinks of metal on ice, while the soft sound of […]

On Setbacks

The view from just below Camp Hazard on the rock rib between the Wilson and Kautz Glaciers on Mount Rainier (14,410’). June 18th, 2013.

You may recall from a previous blog post that I’ve had some knee surgeries: three of them, to be exact. I first tore my right ACL in November of 2007, with surgery happening early the next year. That first repair failed six months later, and I had a second ACL reconstruction – or ACL “revision” […]

Scale the Ice

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You’ve seen it in movies and magazines; but you have yet to experience the thrill for yourself. Why? You are an adventure junkie, so isn’t it time to reach new heights and try ice climbing? Ice climbing is great for rock climbers and outdoor enthusiasts. It is the perfect exhilarating winter sport. So don’t put […]

The Secret Stash

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By Greg Mears Every backcountry skier remembers the day they discover a new area to ski— copious amounts of mental energy and calories have been expended in the pursuit of that next “secret stash.” Some will spend hours poring over topo maps or digital equivalents. Some will be on the constant lookout for potential new […]

What’s in a Name?

Denali's summit, June 2013. Photo courtesy of Kelly Greaser

There is an unofficial competition on Denali for best team name. It is my understanding that innuendo usually trumps all else. That being said, given that we are representing the CMC, we thought it best to go another route – pay homage to some of the pioneers of Denali climbing. To that end, one of […]

Winter Rewards: Climbing Mountains in the Frosty Months

A storm clears on the approach to
the East Ridge of Mount Bancroft.
Dave Cooper

By Dave Cooper It might be cold, it might be windy, but winter can be the most rewarding time to climb Colorado’s mountains. Gone are the crowds on the fourteeners. Nasty scree slopes can be hidden under a blanket of snow. Also buried are the trails, requiring (and inviting) you to make your own tracks. […]

The Myth of Solutions

Denali traverse plan

If you’ve been reading any of my previous posts, you know that my Denali team and I are preparing to take on the West Rib Cutoff route this coming June. The Cutoff takes the standard West Buttress route from an elevation of around 7500’ up to “14,000’ Camp” (coming into the photo from the left […]