Trip Reports

Trip Report: Shuangqiaogou Valley, Sichuan, China

Trip Report: Shuangqiaogou Valley, Sichuan, China

aka The Adventures of Team Junk Show We weren’t feeling the best with scratchy throats and running noses. Grating coughs escaped everyone’s lips at some point. Our Tibetan hosts noticed and brewed up a ginger-and-honey home remedy: jiāng chá. We loved it, but couldn’t quite get the pronunciation right, so […]

Trip Report: West Coast Trail

Trip Report: West Coast Trail

Trip Report: West Coast Trail or, “When Climbers Go Hiking” Every now and then we will go hiking for reasons totally unrelated to an “approach”. In this case the hike we hit up was the West Coast Trail, 75 kilometers of shoreline and coastal rainforest trails in Pacific Rim National […]

Trip Report: Shivering In the Cold and Dark On Mt. Louis

Trip Report: Shivering In the Cold and Dark On Mt. Louis

The Gmoser Route on Mt. Louis is an ultra classic 5.9 trad route in Banff National Park, and I recommend it to anyone looking for an awesome adventure in the region. Mt. Louis is also home to the renowned Diamond Face, where Tommy Caldwell and Sonnie Trotter set the 5.13+ […]

Trip Report: Mt. Temple, Greenwood-Jones

Trip Report: Mt. Temple, Greenwood-Jones

Climbing can sometimes be a very surreal experience. Take, for example, our weekend climb up Mt. Temple. On the one hand, we are on a massive, almost-mile-high north face composed mostly of loose rocks piled on top of each other, the climbing more mentally than physically taxing and retreat not […]

A Night Circus

A Night Circus

This is, at its core, just a short ‘conditions’ update on Polar Circus… The plan was hatched like many others between Jeff and I, a late evening phone call to discuss our so-called ‘climbing plans’ for the next day. Jeff hasn’t been climbing much this winter, so I proposed something […]

Trip Report: Along the David Thompson Highway

Trip Report: Along the David Thompson Highway

Continuing my exploration of the Rockies, I’ve added the David Thompson Highway to my list of new places I’m falling in love with. The Canadian Rockies are a fascinating range, and the more time I spend in its various corners, the more I start seeing differences among its many peaks […]

Adventures in Mixed Climbing

Adventures in Mixed Climbing

There are few things more intimidating than having one of your climbing heroes send you a message with a casual “want to climb this week?” We all have our climbing heroes, and I am lucky enough to live in a town many of them call home. These are people I […]

Trip Report: Mt. Wilson climbs

Trip Report: Mt. Wilson climbs

The Rockies are host to many hundreds of routes, yet I often find myself revisiting the classic haunts: Weeping Wall, Louise, the Evan Thomas routes. But sometimes adventure calls and we find ourselves bushwhacking through endless alders and wandering less-trodden paths. On one such adventurous day, we decided to check […]