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Month: February 2011

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Operation Algeria – Part Two

Operation Algeria – Part Two

By Jonathan Thesenga   |   Feb 15, 2011 February 15, 2011

End of Day Three here in Algeria and it’s safe to say we’ve already had an amazing adventure. Brittany and I have traveled and climbed in Mali, Morroco and Oman, so we are no strangers to the desert terrain of northern Africa and the Arabian Peninsula, but southern Algeria… Read More

Second-annual Copp-Dash Inspire Award

Second-annual Copp-Dash Inspire Award

By Kristo Torgersen   |   Feb 14, 2011 February 14, 2011

Micah and I had been making more trips than usual to Eldo, trying to cross some of the more obscure, difficult routes off our list. Always working his weaknesses, Micah was on a ‘hard single-pitch redpointing’ binge at this time because he knew it would make him strong for… Read More

Operation Algeria – Part One

Operation Algeria – Part One

By Jonathan Thesenga   |   Feb 11, 2011 February 11, 2011

Last week, 14 Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) terrorists in southern Algeria kidnapped an Italian woman. The terrorists escaped with her across the Sahara and disappeared into the no-mans land of northern Niger. 2007 was an especially bad year in Algeria with a reported 375 people kidnapped;… Read More

Dirtbag Diaries: What Is Hardcore?

Dirtbag Diaries: What Is Hardcore?

By Fitz Cahall   |   Feb 10, 2011 February 10, 2011

Bust out the headphones, Fitz Cahall just released a brand new episode of The Dirtbag Diaries. Our sports have long heralded rating systems that let us know just how we’re doing. We may bicker over their ratings, but we return to them again and again. They help… Read More

Fighting Forty (pt. 5) – Anniversaries

Fighting Forty (pt. 5) – Anniversaries

By Kelly Cordes   |   Feb 9, 2011 February 9, 2011

The 5th and final installment in Kelly Cordes' series about perils and pleasures of aging gracefully while slaying stereotypes (the first installments are here:1, 2, 3, and 4). A series of significant injuries – the most recent a severely torn shoulder –… Read More

Cordillera Blanca Expedition Seeks Mountaineers

Cordillera Blanca Expedition Seeks Mountaineers

By localcrew   |   Feb 4, 2011 February 4, 2011

Mountaineers take note: Put your skills to use helping monitor air pollution in the vertical environment of the high Andes. Read on for more details or visit the American Alpine Club's informational Section mountaineers and other AAC mountaineering scientists will be spending 2-4 weeks in Peru’s Cordillera Blanca,… Read More

Looking for Steelies

Looking for Steelies

By Jim Little   |   Feb 2, 2011 February 2, 2011

Taking the plunge (albeit it a shallow one) into the Ventura River in the spirit of Our Common Waters, Patagonia’s new environmental campaign, Patagonia editor Jim Little and a couple of friends spent the afternoon snorkeling for endangered southern steelhead trout. Along the way they sneak… Read More

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