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AAC’s Young Gun Awards

AAC’s Young Gun Awards

By Kelly Cordes   |   Jan 5, 2011 January 5, 2011

Last week we posted about some major grant deadlines and mentioned that, contrary to popular notion, most of the grants go to trips other than cutting-edge adventures. In fact, the AAC just announced the latest recipients of their biannual “gateway grant” – the Mountain Fellowship… Read More

Two Major Climbing Grant Deadlines this Friday

Two Major Climbing Grant Deadlines this Friday

Dec 29, 2010 December 29, 2010

What could be better than getting your climbing trip paid for? Uh, pretty much nothing. At the basic level, that’s what the climbing grants do – and applications for two major grants, the Lyman Spitzer Cutting Edge Award and the McNeill-Nott Award, are due this… Read More

Fighting Forty (pt. 3) – Waking up puking

Fighting Forty (pt. 3) – Waking up puking

Dec 22, 2010 December 22, 2010

Today we've got Part 3 in Kelly Cordes' series about the bout of injuries he's experienced this past year (here's the links to check out part 1 and 2). His most recent setback, a severely torn shoulder, happened shortly before his scheduled departure for a climbing… Read More

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

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

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

Picture Story: Shandar!

Picture Story: Shandar!

Nov 12, 2010 November 12, 2010

Sometimes a compelling image says everything, no words needed. Sometimes the most basic photo hides a deeper meaning, an experience, a story; maybe a few details deepen what we see in that captured moment, or maybe it’s something we never imagined. Other times it’s just a pretty picture. That’s all. Read More

Dislocated

Dislocated

By Kelly Cordes   |   Oct 27, 2010 October 27, 2010

After the fifth lower I called “off,” grimaced, untied with one hand and walked cautiously to a flat rock. Dammit, I’m getting sick of this. Across the valley El Capitan rose straight skyward and I sat down, surrounded by dirt, pine and granite. Clouds moved, darkening, signing an incoming… Read More

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