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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

Vacation in Croatia

Vacation in Croatia

By Brittany Griffith   |   Jun 28, 2011 June 28, 2011

I had only just returned from Algeria, dumped the contents of my well-used Freewheeler Max into the washing machine and put everything right back in there before heading to Croatia. I only had 10 days for the trip, but it was so perfectly set… 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

Picture Story: Competency

Picture Story: Competency

By Kelly Cordes   |   Apr 15, 2011 April 15, 2011

A photographic exposition, in which the photographer herein pontificates on the significance of sufficient competency in the face of ample conditions . . . -Ed The joys of competency and individuality – The Chief and I seemed to have the latter down pat, anyway. I suppose… Read More

Bean’s Battle

Bean’s Battle

By Kelly Cordes   |   Apr 5, 2011 April 5, 2011

Our friend and fellow Patagonia climbing ambassador Bean Bowers just finished his second round of chemotherapy. It all seems so weird, so different. One of the best things about climbing is the feeling of control in unknown, even chaotic environments. I love that. We all do. The… Read More

Choose Your Own Storytelling

Choose Your Own Storytelling

By Kelly Cordes   |   Apr 1, 2011 April 1, 2011

The comments got me thinking. I’m talking about the comments on my last post, about adventure and youth. So many shifts, twists, turns, contradictions and evolutions that keep life interesting, and keep adventure and individuality alive. How do these shifts interplay with our desire to… Read More

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

Second-annual Copp-Dash Inspire Award

Second-annual Copp-Dash Inspire Award

By Kristo Torgersen   |   Feb 14, 2011 February 14, 2011

Micah and I had been making more trips than usual to Eldo, trying to cross some of the more obscure, difficult routes off our list. Always working his weaknesses, Micah was on a ‘hard single-pitch redpointing’ binge at this time because he knew it would make him strong for… Read More

Fighting Forty (pt. 5) – Anniversaries

Fighting Forty (pt. 5) – Anniversaries

By Kelly Cordes   |   Feb 9, 2011 February 9, 2011

The 5th and final installment in Kelly Cordes' series about perils and pleasures of aging gracefully while slaying stereotypes (the first installments are here:1, 2, 3, and 4). A series of significant injuries – the most recent a severely torn shoulder –… Read More

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