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Dirtbag Diaries: Benighted

Dirtbag Diaries: Benighted

By The Dirtbag Diaries   |   Apr 1, 2013 April 1, 2013

Great stories often have these five words, “and then it got dark.” But how can carefully executed alpine starts and planned summits turn into watching stars dot the sky? Well, getting benighted can happen for a few reasons. One: unforeseen circumstances. Two: complete denial of reality. Or three: getting… Read More

Above: Frame grab from Making Tommy. Hit the jump to watch the video.

Making Tommy

By Kelly Cordes   |   Mar 7, 2013 March 7, 2013

Do you ever wonder how the greats became great? Of course there’s no easy answer, no definitive answer, never a formula – they’re human, and human factors interact in infinite ways. Opportunity, natural talent, innate drive, developed drive, mental toughness, perspective, thought processes, influences, dedication, work ethic and who-knows-what-else,… Read More

Above: Scott DeCapio trying to lull us into complacency. Photo: Kelly Cordes

A Good Ride

By Kelly Cordes   |   Nov 2, 2012 November 2, 2012

Shadows crept across the pavement, clouds reflected stars and headlamps crawled slowly up the road, bicycles under a full moon at 12,000 feet. A month later – just last week, in fact – I parked my beater Honda and stood on the sidewalk outside of… Read More

Above: Donini high above the glacier in Northern Chilean Patagonia. Photo: Kelly Cordes

An Outing with Donini: Puzzles (Part Three)

Apr 27, 2012 April 27, 2012

Puzzles When we stood there, scoping the face with binoculars and discussing possibilities, somehow I thought of Jim’s story about why he got into the military some 45 years prior. He was a teenager driving on the turnpike in PA – near Philly, where he grew up – and… Read More

The boat times, with CF Scariot (left), Kelly Cordes (reading) and Andrew Gram (drinking). Photo: Dan Gambino

Kids of the Times

By Kelly Cordes   |   Mar 30, 2012 March 30, 2012

Silence. So rare, so nice. Four recent days of disconnected bliss – from the e-world, that is. But fully connected in more natural ways, like with climbing, food, friends, a river and beer. My only reading was on paper, not on a screen. It was nice, anyway, until a leisurely check of… Read More

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