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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 […]

Accident Report: One Step Too Far…

Accident Report: One Step Too Far…

The approach was getting a bit sketchy. Bare ice patches were starting to appear, and I started looking for a place to stop and put on crampons. A sizeable flat section was only a couple steps away. I gently stepped out with my left foot onto another patch of snow, […]

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 […]

A Quick Update

A Quick Update

  First of all, I would like to apologize for the lack of posts — I’ve been busy climbing! There have been some long days, some short days, but most of all they were all great days spent hanging out with awesome friends, both old and new. So a very […]

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 […]