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The In-Between

The In-Between

By Zoe Hart   |   Aug 12, 2011 August 12, 2011

Thanks to Patagonia Climbing Ambassador Zoe Hart for today’s post. A recent trip from her new home (Chamonix) to her old one (New Jersey) triggered some thoughts on the directions life’s paths take us. Her story originally appeared on the Dutch mountain travel site Bergwijzer. -Ed… Read More

Spires rising in the Sky Pond cirque, Rocky Mountain National Park, CO. Photo: Kelly Cordes

I Know You

By Kelly Cordes   |   Aug 5, 2011 August 5, 2011

A breeze floats mountain air across my face and triggers of flood of chemicals to my brain. I feel something. Something familiar. I’ve been here before, at different times and in different places. Deep blue water ripples along the lake shore; stout green shrubs stand firm and stubborn against… 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

Chip Chace exiting the top-station of the Aiguille du Midi. Photo: Kelly Cordes

Postcard from Chamonix: Totally Casual

By Kelly Cordes   |   Jul 8, 2011 July 8, 2011

“Hot damn, how cool,” I said, flipping my mullet to the side. “Totally casual day in the mountains? Yeah, I’m in. Rock on.” The forecast was for marginal weather, so I met Chip at a very civilized hour – quite civilized, in fact (everyone says “quite”). Time for coffee, breakfast,… Read More

Walker Ferguson coming up the final pitch of the Frison-Roche route on the south face of the Brévent. Photo: Kelly Cordes

Postcard from Chamonix: Access

By Kelly Cordes   |   Jun 29, 2011 June 29, 2011

I’m in Chamonix, France, for a couple of weeks. Weather started bad on the Mont Blanc massif, so we drove through the tunnel and climbed sunny rock in Italy. An 800-foot roadside dome with 40 routes, all bolted. The bolts weren’t too close, nor were they beside cracks. The routes… Read More

The Cartwright Connection

The Cartwright Connection

By Matt Helliker   |   Jun 3, 2011 June 3, 2011

Unrelenting spindrift avalanches and gusty winds constantly blasted and buffeted our portaledge. Our small cocoon of safety on this harsh and hostile mountain was slowly being engulfed, as we nervously watched the snow level rise up the fly walls. Five of the toughest days climbing of our lives it… Read More

From left: Covers of the 1998, 2006, 2007 AAJs.

Cover Story

By Kelly Cordes   |   Jun 2, 2011 June 2, 2011

What makes a good cover? Well, as with most things, that depends. What do you want? Sex appeal? Eye candy? Or are you hoping to convey something more? The story behind the image means something. To me it does, anyway. Since 2000 I’ve been one of the editors of… Read More

Makalu 2011: Safe, Healthy and Heading Home

Makalu 2011: Safe, Healthy and Heading Home

By Steve House   |   May 27, 2011 May 27, 2011

Sitting on a warm piece of granite in front of a crystal-clear stream, Steve House called this morning on his way out from Makalu towards Kathmandu. The news you'll hear is both positive and somber. Everyone Steve traveled and climbed with are all safe and healthy. Unfortunately, he and… Read More

Makalu 2011: Sweet & Sour

Makalu 2011: Sweet & Sour

By Steve House   |   May 18, 2011 May 18, 2011

Steve House called today and shared the latest news from Makalu. He and fellow Patagonia ambassador Marko Prezelj finished their acclimatization and spent some time on the west face where the weather didn't cooperate all that well. But the forecast is improving slightly… Read More