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Operation Algeria – Part One

Operation Algeria – Part One

By Jonathan Thesenga   |   Feb 11, 2011 February 11, 2011

Last week, 14 Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) terrorists in southern Algeria kidnapped an Italian woman. The terrorists escaped with her across the Sahara and disappeared into the no-mans land of northern Niger. 2007 was an especially bad year in Algeria with a reported 375 people kidnapped;… Read More

Bummed on the bus. After failing on their first attempt, Nellie and Brittany contemplate their next shot. Photo: Cedar Wright

Unusual Suspects

By Brittany Griffith   |   May 3, 2011 May 3, 2011

My springtime objective (okay, to be perfectly honest, it has been a dream of mine for a long time) of free climbing Zion’s Moonlight Buttress was quickly unraveling. My partner, Nellie, had spent the previous night projectile vomiting in a rental van. Puke everywhere—in her shoes, on her pack and… Read More

Operation Algeria – Part Four

Operation Algeria – Part Four

By Jonathan Thesenga   |   Feb 22, 2011 February 22, 2011

Day Nine here in Algeria and the adventure sweetness keeps rolling along. Today is a rest day and we spent it hiking off into some distant wadis to investigate some attractive-looking summits we saw from afar (which turned out to be choss). We followed old goat trails through the… Read More

Memorial Day Marg Recipe

Memorial Day Marg Recipe

By Kelly Cordes   |   May 27, 2011 May 27, 2011

I like the idea of dancing skeletons. They seem happy and free. I like dancing, too, though I don’t do it much, at least not in public (be grateful; I just do the same disco moves over and over again while sporting my whiteman’s overbite). But I love the… Read More

Border Country

Border Country

Aug 16, 2010 August 16, 2010

We love the escape. Sometimes climbing is just climbing, and everything doesn’t need to symbolize anything more. I read that Hemingway said there was no symbolism in The Old Man and the Sea (my all-time favorite book), and that “The old man is an old man. The sea is… Read More

Operation Algeria – Part Two

Operation Algeria – Part Two

By Jonathan Thesenga   |   Feb 15, 2011 February 15, 2011

End of Day Three here in Algeria and it’s safe to say we’ve already had an amazing adventure. Brittany and I have traveled and climbed in Mali, Morroco and Oman, so we are no strangers to the desert terrain of northern Africa and the Arabian Peninsula, but southern Algeria… Read More

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