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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

Approaching one of the cliffs in Ten Sleep Canyon. Photo: Kelly Cordes

Notes from Ten Sleep

By Kelly Cordes   |   Jul 29, 2011 July 29, 2011

In contrast to the mountains of Chamonix, but in a similar vein of easy access, I recently headed north to a beautiful spot in Wyoming called Ten Sleep. I took a few notes: • The official name is Ten Sleep. I thought my illiterate friends who pronounce… Read More

Kelly, telepathically dictating to his laptop back down in town, and I on the train up to the reception. Photo: Jen Olson

The 48-Hour Dress

By Brittany Griffith   |   Jul 15, 2011 July 15, 2011

As the sun heated up our little apartment, I drifted out of my dream and awoke to a bizarre scene: people sprawled all over the floor, futon and tiny twin beds…I could hear chatter in half a dozen languages, clinking plates and glasses… the faint smell of tobacco, espresso and… 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

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

Good vs. Honesty in the Mortenson Debate

Good vs. Honesty in the Mortenson Debate

By Kelly Cordes   |   Apr 21, 2011 April 21, 2011

I’ve long had this idealistic notion that the ends don’t justify any means. It’s why I’m a stickler for truthful reporting of climbs. The half-truths, clever omissions and misrepresentations we sometimes see – and I learn about too often in my work – are just different forms… 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

Secret Weapon

Secret Weapon

By Brittany Griffith   |   Mar 31, 2011 March 31, 2011

“Remember that spicy, peanuty sesame noodle thing you make? We want that again!” requested Sue this past spring. Sue had allowed me to stay in her house in Yosemite West for no less than 37 weeks over the course of a decade, and although it had been a… Read More

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