The Cleanest Line

Month: August 2010

Ultra Tough

Ultra Tough

Aug 30, 2010 August 30, 2010

There’s a great saying that goes, “If you don’t travel, you stagnate.” I think the idea also applies to engaging ourselves with people beyond our usual crowd. We can so easily get stuck in our own little circles, which also breeds stagnation and ignorance. And so two weekends ago… Read More

American Alpine Journal Gems from 2010

American Alpine Journal Gems from 2010

Aug 25, 2010 August 25, 2010

My vote for Gem of the year in the AAJ 2010 (which just came out and was recently mailed to AAC members and contributors) goes to someone many of us already know from the film 180 South: Jeff Johnson. [Top right: The 2010 AAJ. Read More

Winters of My Life, Howard Weamer

Winters of My Life, Howard Weamer

By Old School   |   Aug 24, 2010 August 24, 2010

I first met Howard Weamer back in 1977 when a couple of friends and I decided to ski into the Ostrander Hut in Yosemite. Sporting rented wooden 210 cm skis, low-cut Alfa boots and Tonkin Cane ski poles, we waxed up the skis, loaded up our framed Kelty… Read More

Rain on the Tent

Rain on the Tent

Aug 20, 2010 August 20, 2010

The Fall Alpine catalog just came out – or will be out soon – and has a theme of near-misses. Those climbs where we gave all we had but came up short. Anybody who’s thrown themselves to the alpine knows the story, and in the catalog we share some… Read More

Border Country

Border Country

Aug 16, 2010 August 16, 2010

We love the escape. Sometimes climbing is just climbing, and everything doesn’t need to symbolize anything more. I read that Hemingway said there was no symbolism in The Old Man and the Sea (my all-time favorite book), and that “The old man is an old man. The sea is… Read More

Of Marmots and Men

Of Marmots and Men

By Old School   |   Aug 13, 2010 August 13, 2010

Every year, some friends and I converge on an really cool spot near Yosemite where we hike six miles carrying absurdly heavy packs and eat crazy amounts of really good food. Over the years, the only down side to this idyllic spot has been the parking. And by parking… Read More

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