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Above: The unclimbed southwest face of Kusum Kanguru on November 8, 2011. Photo:Tom Schnugg

Kusum Kanguru – Taking the Gear for a Walk

By Barry Blanchard   |   Dec 1, 2011 December 1, 2011

In the spring of 1991 I was guiding in the Everest Region of Nepal – the Khumbu. Knowing that I would be looking to climb a route on Kusum Kanguru on my own after the departure of my last climbing guest, my Sirdar, Tensing and I took advantage of… Read More

The Cartwright Connection

The Cartwright Connection

By Matt Helliker   |   Jun 3, 2011 June 3, 2011

Unrelenting spindrift avalanches and gusty winds constantly blasted and buffeted our portaledge. Our small cocoon of safety on this harsh and hostile mountain was slowly being engulfed, as we nervously watched the snow level rise up the fly walls. Five of the toughest days climbing of our lives it… Read More

Makalu 2011: Safe, Healthy and Heading Home

Makalu 2011: Safe, Healthy and Heading Home

By Steve House   |   May 27, 2011 May 27, 2011

Sitting on a warm piece of granite in front of a crystal-clear stream, Steve House called this morning on his way out from Makalu towards Kathmandu. The news you'll hear is both positive and somber. Everyone Steve traveled and climbed with are all safe and healthy. Unfortunately, he and… Read More

Makalu 2011: Sweet & Sour

Makalu 2011: Sweet & Sour

By Steve House   |   May 18, 2011 May 18, 2011

Steve House called today and shared the latest news from Makalu. He and fellow Patagonia ambassador Marko Prezelj finished their acclimatization and spent some time on the west face where the weather didn't cooperate all that well. But the forecast is improving slightly… Read More

Makalu 2011

Makalu 2011

By Steve House   |   May 5, 2011 May 5, 2011

Editor’s note: Patagonia ambassadors Steve House and Marko Prezelj are back at Makalu. Longtime Cleanest Line readers will recall their previous attempt to climb Makalu’s West Face in 2008 with Vince Anderson, and Steve’s subsequent trip in 2009 when he made an… Read More

Cayesh: The Calling

Cayesh: The Calling

Dec 14, 2010 December 14, 2010

In 2005, Marko Prezelj and I planned an expedition to the (still) unclimbed north wall of Kalanka, a formidable 21,000 foot peak in the Indian Himalaya. With three weeks to go, the bureaucrats who hold the key to that fine mountain threw up one final hurdle, a… Read More

Tracing the Edge

Tracing the Edge – Episode 9 with Colin Haley

By The Dirtbag Diaries   |   Sep 22, 2010 September 22, 2010

Colin Haley used the Cascades as a springboard onto the world’s hardest-to-reach summits. The range’s fickle weather, arduous approaches and complex glaciers were perfect tests. Summit by summit Haley connected the dots until multi-day outings like Mount Shuksan and Mount Slesse became day trips. Stay tuned for the series… Read More

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