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K6, Masherbrum Mountains, Pakistan. Photo: Steve House

K6 & 7: Scouting and Starting K7

By Steve House   |   Aug 31, 2007 August 31, 2007

In this report from the Charakusa Valley, Steve House gives us an excellent description of K7’s features and explains how the team must find a way through the granite buttresses surrounding the base in order to get up on the mountain. Steve also talks about a special lunch they… Read More

K6, Masherbrum Mountains, Pakistan. Photo: Steve House

K6 & 7: The Weather Strikes Back

By Steve House   |   Aug 30, 2007 August 30, 2007

Steve House called again last night from the Charakusa Valley in Pakistan. As you know, he, Vince Anderson and Marko Prezelj have been acclimatizing for first ascents of the west faces of both K6 and K7. It was mostly high-fives and happy times until this report came in. Mother… Read More

Lynn climbs Avalon. All photos courtesy of Lynn Hill

Girls Gone Back to Italy

By Lynn Hill   |   Aug 29, 2007 August 29, 2007

The last few days with my Italian friends have been fun! Yesterday I drove them to the airport and they are probably about to land on their home turf as I write these words. One lives in Rome where I lived for a year and a half, and the… Read More

K6, Masherbrum Mountains, Pakistan. Photo: Steve House

K6 & 7: Acclimatizing on Two New Routes

By Steve House   |   Aug 27, 2007 August 27, 2007

I’ve changed the title of this series because in this week’s sat phone update Steve House clarifies that he, Vince Anderson and Marko Prezelj are actually gunning for new routes on both K6 & K7. Steve also talks about finishing up the acclimatization process, the two new routes they’ve… Read More

K6, Masherbrum Mountains, Pakistan. Photo: Steve House

K6: Travel, Weather and Acclimatizing

By Steve House   |   Aug 18, 2007 August 18, 2007

I received this voicemail late Thursday night from Steve House. The call came via sat phone from basecamp in Pakistan where Steve, Vince Anderson and Marko Prezelj are in the first stages of attempting to climb K6. In this first update, you can listen to Steve talk about traveling… Read More

Jay gets ready to spring for a hold. Photo: Lynn Hill

Bouldering Excursion to Redcliff

By Lynn Hill   |   Aug 10, 2007 August 10, 2007

Despite intermittent rain, the bouldering excursion to Redcliff was fun and well worth the trip. This collection of boulders is located about twenty-minutes west of Vail in a fairy-tale like setting amongst pine and aspen trees. I went with my friend, Jay Droeger, and his Hungarian friend, Lorent. About… Read More

Big Wall Trash a Big Problem in Yosemite

Big Wall Trash a Big Problem in Yosemite

By Lynn Hill   |   Jul 30, 2007 July 30, 2007

After speaking with my friends, Mike Lechlinski and Mari Gingery about their experiences in Yosemite and climbing on El Capitan this summer, I learned that many climbers are not doing their part in keeping the big walls clean. Apparently many people “accidentally” or even intentionally drop their garbage and poop… Read More

Is Osteoarthritis a Danger to Rock Climbers?

Is Osteoarthritis a Danger to Rock Climbers?

By Lynn Hill   |   Jul 19, 2007 July 19, 2007

Editor’s note: We’re honored to bring Patagonia ambassador Lynn Hill on-board as a contributor to The Cleanest Line. Lynn is no stranger to blogging. For a glimpse into the past 2+ years of her life jump on over to Lynn Hill Blogs. Read More

Beyond and Back: Camp 4 and Stuff

Beyond and Back: Camp 4 and Stuff

By Jeff Johnson   |   Jul 13, 2007 July 13, 2007

The other day while wandering around Camp 4 in Yosemite I ran into Patagonia ambassador Timmy O’Neill. He was hanging around the SARS site with his brother Sean and some guy named Aron. Timmy asked me if I wanted to climb the Manure Pile with… Read More

Chasing Glaciers

Chasing Glaciers

Jul 12, 2007 July 12, 2007

Patagonia ambassadors Allison Gannett and Zoe Hart are in the Karakoram, right now, chasing glaciers. From the site: Welcome to Chasing Glaciers, an interactive internet adventure that we hope will help bring greater understanding and awareness to the issue of climate change and its effect on the… Read More

Steve House

Bonds and Ullrich: Lessons for Climbing

By Steve House   |   Jul 9, 2007 July 9, 2007

Jan Ullrich has earned an easy retirement. After winning the ’97 Tour de France at age 23 he became a German national-hero. For the next five years he battled Lance Armstrong earning a record five second-place finishes, too bad for him but it sure made for great racing. This year… Read More

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