Climbing Stories

Ken Etzel
Colin Haley’s Clothing System for Alpine Climbing in the Chaltén Massif

6,000 words about dressing for alpine climbing you didn’t know you needed to know.

Colin Haley
23 min Read
Freedom of the Hills

Recreation in the Alabama Hills is surging at an unsustainable pace. But some people are working to ensure that it doesn’t get loved to death.

Matthew Tufts
17 min Read
Whitmore’s Legacy

Remembering the climber and conservationist.

John Long
6 min Read
Sendero Luminoso

Back to the Wind River Range.

Josh Wharton
5 min Read
The Gift of Stories

Why well-loved gear is the best gift of all.

Stephanie Vermillion
6 min Read
Calculating Risk

Reflecting on a lifetime of climbing, and the risks and rewards that come with it.

Mikey Schaefer
7 min Read
Rotpunkt: Bibliographie

Alex Megos finds a new limit.

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New Routing (and Photogenic Wildlife) in Kenya

Eric Bissell captured his first published image with Patagonia on a climbing trip to establish a new route on Mount Ololokwe.

Eric Bissell
7 min Read
Paths Through the Uncertainty

A climber remembers her first experience with the
unexpected on Thalay Sagar.

Kitty Calhoun
4 min Read
Valley Season

Eliza Earle, Austin Siadak, Drew Smith on the 2019 fall climbing season in Yosemite.

Patagonia
3 min Read
Stone Locals

Rediscovering the soul of rock climbing.

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Primary Source

Alex Megos tells the story of his Bibliographie.

Alex Lowther
9 min Read
Road Trip to an Unfamiliar Place

A climber takes a road trip to Bishop and Las Vegas, and breaks down the narrative of who travels and who climbs.

Brittany Leavitt
23 min Read
Sunnyside Up

Last November, Fitz Caldwell (age 6) finished his first multipitch climb, Sunnyside Bench in Yosemite National Park. He did it with his dad, Tommy.

Tommy Caldwell
3 min Read
First Photo: Mount Whitney

A Sierra trip with good light and only one case of altitude sickness.

Kyle Sparks
9 min Read
What Comes Next

Rolando Garibotti looks back at a lifetime spent in Patagonia and forward to the generation following in his footsteps.

Rolando Garibotti
4 min Read
Exactly Where You Are Supposed To Be

Tommy Caldwell's first trip to Patagonia

Tommy Caldwell
3 min Read
SOLO

Colin Haley on the experience of soloing the Supercanaleta

Colin Haley
4 min Read
Six Years Seven Summits

Kate Rutherford Remembers the North Pillar of Fitz Roy

Kate Rutherford
3 min Read
From the Ground Up

For this climber, good food is activism.

Kate Rutherford
5 min Read
Vince Anderson Q&A

When Vince Anderson took a break from alpine climbing, his mountaineering attitude manifested itself in a single-speed hardtail, on which he’s won some of the sport’s most grueling races.

Jesse Selwyn
13 min Read
The Song Remains The Same

How a father and son found a way to climb one of Utah's most sought-after ice routes in a bygone era.

Andrew Burr
3 min Read
Perched On A Wild Border

Sometimes when I look at the Fitz Roy Range, I see a silhouetted jawline of mountainous teeth that gnash the sky. Other times, the teeth transform to fingers that don’t crush aspirations but cradle them, like a hand cupping something precious. The distinction really depends on whether I’m looking at the mountains from the relative…

Timmy O’Neill
3 min Read
Rotpunkt

Through failure and success, Alex Megos strives to be the best climber in the world.

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Finding Granite and New Limits in Madagascar

I wake early to the dazzling heat of the African sun. Perched 400 meters high on a huge granite face in central Madagascar, all I can see is black and blue, the color of the Malagasy granite meeting the sky and, coincidentally, the same color as large areas of my body from the constant abuse…

Robbie Phillips
13 min Read
Lessons from Yosemite’s First Climbing Guidebook

Lessons from Yosemite’s first climbing guidebook “I have this idea,” Mikey texted last October. “Let’s climb all of the suggested routes from the Yosemite red-cover guidebook.” I agreed immediately. The tattered copy of A Climber’s Guide to Yosemite Valley arrived in the mail less than a week later. First published in 1964 by the Sierra Club,…

Timmy O’Neill
5 min Read
How Roy, New Mexico Became a World-Class Bouldering Area

The patchwork history of public lands that transformed the area around a small New Mexico town into a world-class bouldering area We left the Mills Canyon Rim Campground, where we’d been living for three cold January weeks, just before dawn on our last morning in New Mexico. I pulled over to the north side of…

Eric Bissell
8 min Read
A Day at the Yosemite Facelift Cleanup

On an incredibly clear, early autumn morning, the aging Yosemite Search and Rescue (YOSAR) van bumped along Tioga Pass Road, taking precariously tight turns at an alarming speed. Twelve of us were crammed in the back, chattering and bracing ourselves against the van’s interior walls. When the road was no longer passable for vehicles, we…

Jane Jackson
7 min Read
There Is Only Send or Fail. Just Ask Alex Megos.

He’s on a mission to be the best climber in the world.

Alex Lowther
18 min Read
Adventure Over Adversity

Paradox Sports Brings Accessibility to Climbing

Kitty Calhoun
6 min Read
Finding Refuge in Iran’s Climbing Culture

Fog from the distant Caspian Sea swirled around us as we left the road, crossed a narrow mountain stream on a rickety footbridge of wornwooden planks, passed a pungent corral full of dank, scruffy sheep, and started the steep climb to Alam Kuh base camp in the Alborz mountain range of Iran. Brittany Griffith, Kate…

Beth Wald
6 min Read
Robbie Phillips on Establishing a Maybe-Impossible Route in Cochamó Valley

On establishing a route in Cochamó Valley that might be too hard—but might not. It often blows me away, the apparent randomness that sets the paths leading us through life. Just over a year ago, a friend of mine met Crispin Waddie while working on an oil rig in the North Sea. A member of…

Robbie Phillips
7 min Read
The Complicated Gift of Inclement Weather

Weather has a way of complicating—and enriching—everything. By the time I top out, it’s snowing and it’s dark. I walk back as far as the rope will let me, and in the flattest spot I can find, I dig a hole and sit, bracing myself. I yell, “Rope-fixed!” repeatedly, but my partners can’t hear me…

Rolando Garibotti
5 min Read
Returning to India's Mount Nilkantha After a Past Retreat

After a failed first attempt, three friends return to India’s Mount Nilkantha to confront—and embrace—the terrible, beautiful duality of a life in the mountains.

Anne Gilbert Chase
4 min Read
Quinn Brett on Her Life-Changing Accident and Her Passion for Wilderness

A climber describes her passion for the wildness of the world. My brother’s cheeks smooshed against the blue velour seat and his mouth hung slightly ajar. His gangly legs stretched from door to door, covering the back bench of our family Buick. On the floor, parallel, I fidgeted over the hump dividing passenger and driver…

Quinn Brett
6 min Read
Mountain of Storms

In 1968, five friends set off on a road trip that became legend.

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