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Intangibles

By Josh Wharton   |   Feb 7, 2017 February 7, 2017

Wind pushed a wave of fine snow off the top of the wall, coating the already frosted rock in another slippery layer of spindrift. I put my head down to let it pass, looking at my fingers covered in blood and snow, and wedged into icy finger locks. Objectively, I… Read More

Photo: Sean Villanueva O’Driscoll

The Real Alps

By Stéphanie Bodet   |   Jan 30, 2017 January 30, 2017

I was lucky to grow up in the valley of the Haute-Durance, located in the Hautes-Alpes not far from Briançon and the border to Italy. Home was a wild and protected area where my parents introduced me to the joys of mountain trails, skiing on beautiful slopes through evergreens and… Read More

Graphic: Walker Cahall

Dirtbag Diaries Podcast: To Infinity

By Fitz Cahall   |   Dec 23, 2016 December 23, 2016

Chad Kellogg. September 22, 1971 to February 14, 2014. Seattle climbing community legend. Dear friend to many. And the toughest guy around. “For Chad, not eating and shivering on ledges, that was like skiing powder for him. It was just that fun,” remembers Jens Holsten. Today, we take… Read More

Photo: Mikey Schaefer

Who’s Nick?

By Josh Wharton   |   Oct 28, 2016 October 28, 2016

I took a hex off the rack and pushed it far into the crack. The rime was thick, and the crack’s edges blurry. The hex mushed into the rime and stuck. I beat on it with my ice axe just to be sure, then gave it a swift tug. It… Read More

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Marlene on Trad

By Robbie Phillips   |   Oct 18, 2016 October 18, 2016

One of my earliest outdoor climbing experiences was at the crags around the quaint countryside village of Dunkeld. An escarpment of Schist can be seen escaping from the deep forest high on the hill just beyond the village. It was here that I would spend many a day for ten years. Read More

Anne Gilbert Chase in the Garhwal
Himalayan vastness. Uttarakhand, India. Photo: Jason Thompson

The Storm

By Anne Gilbert Chase   |   Oct 12, 2016 October 12, 2016

As I swung my tools into the unconsolidated snowy headwall and tried to catch something that would hold my weight, I looked down and saw Jason and Caro huddled together at a hanging belay. In the gathering dark, they were trying to avoid the constant barrage of snow and ice… Read More

Photo: Mikey Schaefer

The Magic of Yosemite National Park

By Timmy O’Neill   |   Sep 16, 2016 September 16, 2016

The national park system may not have saved my life but it definitely allowed me to truly discover and continually define it. Following an abysmal 13th grade at an entry level university and an equally lamentable year employed in one of the most dangerous professions, I bolted west to manifest… Read More

Photo: Fred Beckey Collection

Following Fred

By Colin Haley   |   Aug 15, 2016 August 15, 2016

I met Fred Beckey for the first time during a dinner party at the house of another Seattle-based alpinist Alex Bertulis. Since I was only two at the time, all I have are my mom’s impressions of Fred: “He wasn’t very social and left the room early to go look… Read More

Photo: Fred Beckey Archive

Dirtbag: The Legend of Fred Beckey

By Dave O’Leske   |   Aug 9, 2016 August 9, 2016

This all began when I decided to hand-write a letter that I figured would never be read. I definitely did not expect it to be answered. First, I had to find the address of a man I wasn’t even sure had one. I’ve always been intrigued by the pioneers of… Read More

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