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Choose Your Own Adventure

Choose Your Own Adventure

By Kelly Cordes   |   Mar 23, 2011 March 23, 2011

While gazing into my navel and pulling out lint the other day, I wondered about adventure. It seems to me that, based on my admittedly unscientific observations of news reports and the ascents I encounter in my American Alpine Journal editorial job, refinement ascents are all… 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

Operation Algeria – Part Five

Operation Algeria – Part Five

By Jonathan Thesenga   |   Feb 28, 2011 February 28, 2011

Day 14 and our last here in southern Algeria. As is our tradition on international climbing trips we got a hotel room for our last night in-country as a way to smooth the transition back to the “real world” and finally take a shower. It was Brittany’s birthday yesterday… Read More

Operation Algeria – Part Four

Operation Algeria – Part Four

By Jonathan Thesenga   |   Feb 22, 2011 February 22, 2011

Day Nine here in Algeria and the adventure sweetness keeps rolling along. Today is a rest day and we spent it hiking off into some distant wadis to investigate some attractive-looking summits we saw from afar (which turned out to be choss). We followed old goat trails through the… Read More

Operation Algeria – Part Three

Operation Algeria – Part Three

By Jonathan Thesenga   |   Feb 22, 2011 February 22, 2011

It’s the end of Day Six of our trip to Algeria and we are freezing. Seriously. All of our clothes on—including long underwear and down jackets! How is that possible? Aren’t we in the Sahara? Well, delete those pictures of sand dunes and palm-tree-fringed oasis from your mind—we are… Read More

Operation Algeria – Part Two

Operation Algeria – Part Two

By Jonathan Thesenga   |   Feb 15, 2011 February 15, 2011

End of Day Three here in Algeria and it’s safe to say we’ve already had an amazing adventure. Brittany and I have traveled and climbed in Mali, Morroco and Oman, so we are no strangers to the desert terrain of northern Africa and the Arabian Peninsula, but southern Algeria… Read More

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