The Cleanest Line


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

Photo: Free soloing, Ursus americanus style

New Route Established on Donner Summit

By localcrew   |   Sep 27, 2007 September 27, 2007

Many climbers are familiar with the convenient, high-quality granite available at California’s Donner Summit. Those who have made the trip are no doubt familiar with the sight of The Summit’s Rainbow Bridge, built in 1926.  Many come simply for the view available from the bridge’s road-side vista pull out. Read More

Hiking Down Memory Lane

Hiking Down Memory Lane

By Old School   |   Mar 26, 2010 March 26, 2010

It's been said that if you remember the 60s then you weren’t there. But if, like me, you grew up in the 60s and 70s and were into backpacking or climbing, there is actually a whole lot to remember. Like many of us, I got my start backpacking in… 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

Enduro Idiot

Enduro Idiot

By Kelly Cordes   |   Aug 17, 2011 August 17, 2011

“You guys are idiots,” Cousin Bob told us over the pay phone. “I’m coming to get you.” I don’t know which I do better, come up with stupid ideas or talk others into doing them. In my defense, I will say that my ideas seem a lot less stupid since… Read More

Photo: Matt Hunt

Peace and Go Wild

By Patagonia   |   Oct 24, 2007 October 24, 2007

Recent Patagonia employee Matt Hunt remembers a friend we lost on this weekend four years ago: “Peace and Go Wild” That is how Linnea always used to sign off her letters. Linnea Erickson started at the Reno Service Center in October of 2003, helping out with the holiday rush. Her first weekend… Read More