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The infamous namesake of the Compressor Route. Photo: Kelly Cordes

Cerro Torre: A Modest Proposal

By Kelly Cordes   |   Mar 9, 2012 March 9, 2012

Seems most of us have moved on from the latest climbing world drama. Thank god. So I’ll sneak-in a quick suggestion that nobody can disagree with: Put the compressor in a museum. Uh-oh. I just remembered that this is climbing. And this is the Internet. I should revise… Read More

Current Events

Current Events

By Kelly Cordes   |   Feb 24, 2012 February 24, 2012

Crazy world we live in. Somebody ought to sell tickets. Hell, I’d buy one. Some thoughts on current events, large and small: • Wednesday was National Margarita Day. It’s about time, what with all this recent climbing world drama. Surely a little drinky can soothe some… Read More

Lines of Eleven

Lines of Eleven

By Kelly Cordes   |   Jan 13, 2012 January 13, 2012

Note: On this blog in 2011 I wrote over 30,000 words in 40 original blog posts (to TCL readers, I apologize for the resultant drop in your IQ). I also edited and introduced another seven posts from other authors, and wrote a little on my… Read More

We want YOU to have a happy new year! Photo: Sonnie Trotter

The No Resolution Resolution

By Kelly Cordes   |   Jan 3, 2012 January 3, 2012

“What’s your New Year’s Resolution?” folks ask. They don’t really ask me, though, because I’m wary of holiday parties (depends on how much booze is there) and go, Huh? Is that like a “five-year plan” or whatever? I heard a person recently talking about how ten is the new five,… Read More

Above: Looking up from the base of the Dawn Wall, with Tommy’s camp visible. Photo: Kelly Cordes

Being Barney Rubble

By Kelly Cordes   |   Nov 7, 2011 November 7, 2011

Damn, I thought as I glanced around, I’m like Barney Rubble at a superhero convention. Sonnie Trotter to my left, Alex Honnold to my right. I know what you’re thinking: Did you owe those guys money? Or maybe: Oh, one of… Read More

Hayden Kennedy in base camp, with K6 rising in the background. Photo: Kelly Cordes

Notes from Pakistan – Part 1

By Kelly Cordes   |   Oct 18, 2011 October 18, 2011

I just returned from seven weeks in Pakistan, where I took a few notes: • Getting from the States to Islamabad went smooth as silk. Best airline ever? Emirates. “Baller,” as Hayden put it. Side note: “Baller” is not, as I’d ignorantly… 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

The happy newlyweds (that’s Max on the left, Zoe on the right) outside the Hotel. Photo: Kelly Cordes

Postcard from Chamonix: Wedding Gifts

By Kelly Cordes   |   Jul 13, 2011 July 13, 2011

“Just follow the scent of love and eternal commitment!” JT said. We were lost already. Or maybe not. “Yeah, c’mon! There’s booze!” Brittany chimed in. Zoe looked beautiful. And Maxime, what a handsome devil, fancy suit and all. And the ceremony? Short and sweet. (Ceremonies in France – at least… Read More

Video: Kelly Cordes

Picture Story: Wind

By Kelly Cordes   |   Mar 18, 2011 March 18, 2011

A test of the elements atop the Bishop’s Cap, Glacier National Park, MT, with Justin Woods back in 2009. In early 2010 I destroyed my lower leg, and multiple surgeries later, culminating with several procedures this past Monday by my heroes at the Steadman Clinic,… Read More

Picture Story: Shandar!

Picture Story: Shandar!

Nov 12, 2010 November 12, 2010

Sometimes a compelling image says everything, no words needed. Sometimes the most basic photo hides a deeper meaning, an experience, a story; maybe a few details deepen what we see in that captured moment, or maybe it’s something we never imagined. Other times it’s just a pretty picture. That’s all. Read More

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