Somewhere on the stretch between Tonsina & Valdez, I slowed my rental to a stop and put it in park, right in the middle of the road. Then I got out, climbed up onto the roof of the car, and took this shot. I looked around and you know what? It was pretty awesome out. #stillmountainseries
I've always believed that sharing is an integral part of adventure and exploration. For me, that means finding compelling human stories to tell among the mountains I love to climb. Others are inspired to express their explorer-creativity in different ways, through scientific inquiry or visual arts. It's exciting to see one of my main partners, @mountainhardwear putting a similar philosophy into action via the #impactinitiative. In these uncertain times, they recognize that inspiring athletic feats (of which there are so many these days!) should sometimes take a back seat to community engagement and finding solutions to help protect the outdoor playgrounds we all love. Learn more about the #ImpactInitiative at mountainhardwear.com/impact.
Mt. Lucania: 17,257 feet tall, the seventh highest mountain in North America. That central rib feature dropping left from the summit looks like a classy line... Unfortunately, the approach is blocked by a gnarly icefall partly visible in the bottom of picture. Objective hazards like this have always existed in the mountains, but it's hard not to wonder about links between heightened icefall, rockfall, and serac activity, glacial recession, and climate change. Many classic big mountain routes - like the normal route on Mr. Blanc & the Western Cwm route on Everest - follow naturally threatened depressions or valley features that mountaineers now choose to avoid because of perceived increasing danger. As I see it, the challenge for 21st century alpinists isn't to climb harder new routes, it's to discover safer new routes and variations to existing routes that spread out our impact and allow for greater autonomy and independence - which is the real essence of adventure, after all. It goes without saying that there is no such thing as a completely "safe" big mountain climb. #stillmountainseries@sanctityofspace@mountainhardwear@clifbar@goalzero#impactinitiative
More of Logan. This mountain is so big, I couldn't even tell which of its many nubs was the true summit. Perhaps one of my wildling friends from north of the wall can tell me which is the highest summit in Canada? #stillmountainseries
A note of appreciation... It's hard to find a more perfect human being than my wife & partner, @janetty.nh. I feel qualified to say this because she's my partner not once or twice, but many times over - in climbing, marriage, parenting, business (2x)... We even dress alike some days! Janet is smart, sincere, funny, an incredible mother to our little fire monkey and a compassionate caregiver for four-legged creatures, too. She knows how to put on a pantsuit & chair professional grown-up meetings, or pitch a tent in a Patagonian tempest. Do you want me to keep going? Janet actually finishes the long form articles in the New Yorker (incredible!) and she does all my laundry. She's guided the Nose, leading and hauling every pitch, and made first ascents of boulders, cliffs, and mountains in places like India, Newfoundland, and Nepal. She once worked at a McDonalds in Homer, Alaska, but now she insists on growing as much of our own food as we can in New Hampshire, and using cloth diapers. She's slaughtered lambs and picked up the pieces of dead guys. This year, she went out and started a community garden at the local women's shelter in her spare time (why not?) and she lets me skip out on all the aforementioned responsibilities we share to go adventuring when I get the itch. I love you babe. See you soon.