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Jonathan Thesenga

Jonathan Thesenga

Jonathan Thesenga is a Patagonia climbing ambassador and professional arm-wrestling referee.

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Above: Texas Tower, 600-feet of pissed-off sandstone wideness, still more than an hour's hike away through snow conditions sent straight from the devil himself. Photo: JT

Texas Tower Soul Crush

Mar 1, 2012 March 1, 2012

My college friend Chris Kalous and I had an epic weekend climbing Texas Tower, which is down between Blanding and Hanksville in southern Utah. Two-hours of aggro, axle-smashing 4×4, then two hours of heinous post-holing up to our knees through breakable-crust snow just to get… Read More

Operation Algeria – Part Five

Operation Algeria – Part Five

Feb 28, 2011 February 28, 2011

Day 14 and our last here in southern Algeria. As is our tradition on international climbing trips we got a hotel room for our last night in-country as a way to smooth the transition back to the “real world” and finally take a shower. It was Brittany’s birthday yesterday… Read More

Operation Algeria – Part Four

Operation Algeria – Part Four

Feb 22, 2011 February 22, 2011

Day Nine here in Algeria and the adventure sweetness keeps rolling along. Today is a rest day and we spent it hiking off into some distant wadis to investigate some attractive-looking summits we saw from afar (which turned out to be choss). We followed old goat trails through the… Read More

Operation Algeria – Part Three

Operation Algeria – Part Three

Feb 22, 2011 February 22, 2011

It’s the end of Day Six of our trip to Algeria and we are freezing. Seriously. All of our clothes on—including long underwear and down jackets! How is that possible? Aren’t we in the Sahara? Well, delete those pictures of sand dunes and palm-tree-fringed oasis from your mind—we are… Read More

Operation Algeria – Part Two

Operation Algeria – Part Two

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

Operation Algeria – Part One

Operation Algeria – Part One

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