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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 […]

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 […]

The Line Between Disorder and Order

Members of the Denali team down climbing into the saddle between Apache Peak (13,441’) and Navajo Peak (13,409’): (from left to right) Chris Schuhmann, Sally Wier, Aaron Sallade, Jim Berryhill, Patrick Hutchinson, September 14, 2014. Photo courtesy of Jason Kolaczkowski.

A lot of things about climbing can be viewed as walking a “line between disorder and order.” Admittedly, quite a bit of what we do is a bit out on the edge. That being said, for me personally, climbing is about mitigating risk, not about seeking risk. I’ve written about training as a key component […]

Sharpening the Ax

Sunrise on the Avenue of the Volcanoes: (from left to right) Iliniza Sur, Ilinza Norte, and Corazon from the Northwest flank of Vulcan Cotopaxi (19,347’) Ecuador, December 25, 2012. Photo courtesy of Jason Kolaczkowski.

Every big climb starts with fitness. I’m as big into logistics and planning as any climber, probably more so; but in the end, your body must be able to execute the plan. You cannot see sunrises like the one I was fortunate enough to have as my Christmas present while on Cotopaxi if you can’t […]

How Your 95th Summit Can Be Your 1st

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The first thing you hear is a loud grind and then a pop. It’s like the whole of your body vibrates with sound. And then you collapse. That’s what an ACL tear sounds like – at least to you. If you don’t do any damage to your meniscus, then it really doesn’t hurt that much; […]

Mt. Rainier Summit Camping

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For more background on this post, please see the July 14 blog entry, “Adams Glacier Success.” The weather had deteriorated rapidly in the days leading up to our trip. Right before we started up Mt. Adams, the long-term forecast for Rainier was sunny, clear and calm. By the morning of our approach, the National Weather […]

Adams Glacier Success

Sam climbing toward the crux.

For background on this blog post, please see Jeff’s pre-trip writeup from June 25. The challenges began even before we boarded our flight. The original plan called for a Monday approach and a Tuesday summit of Washington’s Mt. Adams via the Adams Glacier, but record-breaking high temperatures in Washington – overnight lows on the 12,276-foot […]