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Kitty Calhoun

Kitty Calhoun

Kitty Calhoun is a Patagonia ambassador, Chicks Climbing guide and resident of Castle Valley, Utah. She first roped up in South Carolina at 18. She started ice climbing a year later, which led to winter ascents in the Rockies where her passion for alpine climbing began. While guiding for the American Alpine Institute, she climbed dozens of peaks in Peru, Bolivia, Alaska, Argentina, and Nepal. In recognition of her accomplishments, she received the American Alpine Club’s Underhill Award in 1991.

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Photo: Kitty Calhoun

The Not So Obvious

Oct 31, 2016 October 31, 2016

I was on my first snorkel, on the lookout for humpback whales near Tonga, when a monstrous creature slowly rose through the murky water from the depths of the ocean. She was close enough that I could see her eye studying me. I was afraid and, while holding her gaze,… Read More

Photo: Andrew Burr

The Time is Now: Protect Bears Ears

May 20, 2016 May 20, 2016

TAKE ACTION! Help protect Bears Ears in southeastern Utah. Ask President Obama to use his authority under the Antiquities Act to create the Bears Ears National Monument. Sign the petition In southeastern Utah, a battle has been brewing between conservationists, recreationalists and resource extractionists. The pressure on all… Read More

Above: Yoshiko Miyazaki-Back raps off pitch 1 of Tangerine Trip. El Capitan, Yosemite Valley, California. Photo: Kitty Calhoun 

The Trip Continues – Full of Adventure

Aug 24, 2015 August 24, 2015

As my friends and I get older, the threat of slipping into a normal lifestyle becomes more real. I have to mow the lawn, get the oil and filter changed in the car, go to the dentist. These days, given a choice, I would rather do a few sport… Read More

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The Trip

Dec 8, 2014 December 8, 2014

I anticipated the change with dread and excitement. My son was leaving the nest for college and I was determined to return to my former goal-driven climbing lifestyle. Fred Becky would be proud of me. After a night of mourning, alone under the desert stars, I promptly returned home,… Read More

Above: Sunrise over the fjord. Photo: Kitty Calhoun

Climbing in Iceland with Loki the Deceiver

Apr 2, 2014 April 2, 2014

Iceland is a land of extremes – stark beauty within a harsh, unforgiving landscape and an equally daunting climate. Volcanoes are still erupting, earthquakes are nearly constant, yet the geothermal water provides Iceland with most of its energy needs and natural hot springs ease the cold of winter. Eleven… Read More

Dawn Glanc and Pat Ormand on Angel of Mercy. All photos courtesy of Kitty Calhoun

12 in 7 – A Report from Iceland

Mar 27, 2012 March 27, 2012

Iceland is frozen in time. Arriving there in February 2012, it was exactly as I remembered from 1998 when I was there to climb with Jay Smith and the late Guy Lacelle – grey, windy, and remote. It is the largest land mass along a mountain ridge that begins… Read More

Blank on the Map – in the USA

Blank on the Map – in the USA

Mar 29, 2010 March 29, 2010

Editor’s note: Our thanks go out to Patagonia ambassador Kitty Calhoun for sharing today’s story and photos. This is the first time we’ve featured one of Kitty’s stories on The Cleanest Line, hopefully it won’t be the last. Cars, phones, money are the necessary bane of… Read More