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Above: Because the temperature was fairly mild, we kinda forgot about the shorter daylight hours of winter. We got back to the base in the dark and had to hike out by iPhone light and the flash of the lighthouse beacon. Photo: JT

Sicily Climbing Vacation

By Brittany Griffith   |   Dec 23, 2011 December 23, 2011

“Why would you come to Sicily to climb when you live in Utah?” the svelte Swiss woman asked in a barely detectible, yet posh accent. I looked at her blankly for a few seconds, wondering if she was attempting “second-language humor” or if she was indeed serious. “Uh, we… Read More

Alert Level Orange

Alert Level Orange

By Kelly Cordes   |   Mar 3, 2011 March 3, 2011

I’m excited and worried about my Pakistan trip later this summer. Most people are good people, I think, but still, the world is a dangerous place. Then again, so is sitting on the couch with your seatbelt buckled. What to do? My Pakistan fears have nothing to do… Read More

Janet Bergman on the relatively casual approach to the Grand Capucin (the big spire in the middle), from the Torino Hut. Photo: Kelly Cordes

Postcards from Chamonix: Sleep Finale

By Kelly Cordes   |   Jul 20, 2011 July 20, 2011

Ahhh, sleep. Sweet sleep. I drifted off to the soothing sounds of a jackhammer. They’re doing construction at the Torino Hut. 24-7 construction. I’ve long thought of loading my music player with tracks of peaceful sounds like waves gently crashing, the pitter-patter of rain, or birds chirping on a… Read More

Lines of Eleven

Lines of Eleven

By Kelly Cordes   |   Jan 13, 2012 January 13, 2012

Note: On this blog in 2011 I wrote over 30,000 words in 40 original blog posts (to TCL readers, I apologize for the resultant drop in your IQ). I also edited and introduced another seven posts from other authors, and wrote a little on my… Read More

The Great Jonny Copp

The Great Jonny Copp

Aug 17, 2009 August 17, 2009

It’s been a little over two months since we lost our dear friend Jonny Copp and needless to say the healing continues. Pete Takeda, a close friend and climbing partner of Jonny’s — and the author of An Eye at the Top of the World which… Read More

Above: David Griffith heads up the final 20-foot roof pitch of Wet Denim Daydream, Leaning Tower, Yosemite California. Photo: Marta
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Throw the Line

By Marta Czajkowska   |   May 30, 2013 May 30, 2013

Any wall climber will see that something is missing in that photo, trail line. The leader trails a small line so they can pull up a haul line to haul the bag. Right where the photo was taken, at the lip of the roof, Dgriff realized that he’d forgotten… Read More

Choose Your Own Storytelling

Choose Your Own Storytelling

By Kelly Cordes   |   Apr 1, 2011 April 1, 2011

The comments got me thinking. I’m talking about the comments on my last post, about adventure and youth. So many shifts, twists, turns, contradictions and evolutions that keep life interesting, and keep adventure and individuality alive. How do these shifts interplay with our desire to… Read More

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