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Picture Story: Little Peruvian Men

Picture Story: Little Peruvian Men

Dec 15, 2010 December 15, 2010

Another in our informal series of posts for the more visually oriented. Today's is from Kelly C, who's still on the mend after last week's shoulder surgery. Earlier picture stories can be found here (1, 2). – Ed Jim Earl crests the north… Read More

Cayesh: The Calling

Cayesh: The Calling

Dec 14, 2010 December 14, 2010

In 2005, Marko Prezelj and I planned an expedition to the (still) unclimbed north wall of Kalanka, a formidable 21,000 foot peak in the Indian Himalaya. With three weeks to go, the bureaucrats who hold the key to that fine mountain threw up one final hurdle, a… Read More

Fighting Forty (pt.2) – Knives, luck, and scars

Fighting Forty (pt.2) – Knives, luck, and scars

Dec 7, 2010 December 7, 2010

Today we've got Part 2 in Kelly Cordes' series about the bout of injuries he's experienced this past year (part 1 is here). His most recent setback, a severely torn shoulder, happened shortly before his scheduled departure for Patagonia. Kelly was helping Tommy and Becca Caldwell pack for… Read More

Fighting Forty – Part One

Fighting Forty – Part One

Dec 1, 2010 December 1, 2010

It's tough to say who's been getting more exercise lately, Kelly Cordes or his insurance policy. TCL regulars might remember his recent injury, a dislocation he wrote about back in October. As the surgery date approaches, Kelly's found himself in a pensive mood. Today we offer the first in a… Read More

Annapurna III’s Unclimbed Southeast Ridge

Annapurna III’s Unclimbed Southeast Ridge

Nov 27, 2010 November 27, 2010

Patagonia Climbing Ambassador "Annapurna III's 2300 metre southeast ridge featured in an Alpinist 4 article titled Unclimbed – a 'to do list' of nine objectives in keeping with the spirit of exploratory alpinism. Conrad Anker, writing about his attempt to climb the south-east ridge, said: 'Every mountain has… Read More

The Dog House

The Dog House

By Kelly Cordes   |   Nov 24, 2010 November 24, 2010

In most places, late fall and winter bring real ice. In places like Rocky Mountain National Park, however, the ice sublimates and we typically grovel-up snow-plastered rock. It’s an odd obsession. It also leaves lasting memories. Here, Zack Smith, a friend of Patagonia and a talented all-around… Read More

Kite Dreams on the Dawn Wall

Kite Dreams on the Dawn Wall

By Kelly Cordes   |   Nov 15, 2010 November 15, 2010

Out there and awesome. That’s what comes to mind when I think of Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson on the Dawn Wall. If you aren’t a climbing geek who’s been following, they’re trying to free climb the steepest, blankest part of El Capitan. Read More

Down and Dirty with Sonnie Trotter

Down and Dirty with Sonnie Trotter

By Sonnie Trotter   |   Nov 2, 2010 November 2, 2010

One of the coolest things about climbing is how everyone can get their fix – whether you climb 5.5 or 5.14, we can all find that same feeling, that same immersion, focus and engagement at our own levels. This summer, Patagonia rock climbing ambassador Sonnie Trotter devoted… Read More

Airy Ariana and the Cankle

Airy Ariana and the Cankle

By Kelly Cordes   |   Oct 11, 2010 October 11, 2010

Summer left for fall the week before, and my super long shot goal slipped away. So it goes, I told myself, I had an awesome summer and am still months-to-a-year ahead of rehab schedule. Besides, climbing means nothing. OK, OK, let me get this straight: so there’s this hunk… Read More

Going Up

Going Up

Oct 1, 2010 October 1, 2010

In the dank and smoky Fairview bar in Talkeetna, Alaska, 2003, I learned the simple secret to hard climbing. Jonny Copp and I had just come out of the Range, and we swilled beers with a couple of rowdy Brits. As usual, Jonny had been the driving… Read More

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