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Kelly Cordes

Kelly Cordes

Kelly specializes in margaritas and maximizing outdoor time. This minimalism influences his climbing, which includes new alpine-style routes in Alaska, Peru, Patagonia and Pakistan. Professionally, a stint at Pizza Hut (flexible hours, free leftovers) led to years of shack dwelling, which, somehow, led to a living climbing, writing and working for Patagonia’s field testing department. He is the author of The Tower: A Chronicle of Climbing and Controversy on Cerro Torre.

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Picture Story: Conditions

Picture Story: Conditions

Apr 14, 2011 April 14, 2011

Another in our occasional series of posts for the more visually oriented. This one goes out to all those lucky enough to charge off the couch and into the unknown without looking back or thinking twice . . . or doing much thinking at all, for that matter. – Ed… Read More

Bean’s Battle

Bean’s Battle

Apr 5, 2011 April 5, 2011

Our friend and fellow Patagonia climbing ambassador Bean Bowers just finished his second round of chemotherapy. It all seems so weird, so different. One of the best things about climbing is the feeling of control in unknown, even chaotic environments. I love that. We all do. The… Read More

Choose Your Own Storytelling

Choose Your Own Storytelling

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

Choose Your Own Adventure

Choose Your Own Adventure

Mar 23, 2011 March 23, 2011

While gazing into my navel and pulling out lint the other day, I wondered about adventure. It seems to me that, based on my admittedly unscientific observations of news reports and the ascents I encounter in my American Alpine Journal editorial job, refinement ascents are all… Read More

Video: Kelly Cordes

Picture Story: Wind

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

No Exposed Bone (and a Marg recipe)

No Exposed Bone (and a Marg recipe)

Mar 11, 2011 March 11, 2011

First off, I’m talking about my ankle. My cankle, still swollen from my broken leg and part of my next round of surgeries on Monday. My final surgeries, inshallah, making six in a little over a year. I’ve had enough. Should be minor, removing most of… Read More

Alert Level Orange

Alert Level Orange

Mar 3, 2011 March 3, 2011

I’m excited and worried about my Pakistan trip later this summer. Most people are good people, I think, but still, the world is a dangerous place. Then again, so is sitting on the couch with your seatbelt buckled. What to do? My Pakistan fears have nothing to do… Read More

Fighting Forty (pt. 5) – Anniversaries

Fighting Forty (pt. 5) – Anniversaries

Feb 9, 2011 February 9, 2011

The 5th and final installment in Kelly Cordes' series about perils and pleasures of aging gracefully while slaying stereotypes (the first installments are here:1, 2, 3, and 4). A series of significant injuries – the most recent a severely torn shoulder –… Read More

From the Trenches series – The Belay Parka

From the Trenches series – The Belay Parka

Jan 28, 2011 January 28, 2011

Like flocks of swirling swallows or shimmering schools of tropical fish, our customers swoop in with mysteriously synchronized concerns and questions on a regular basis, prompting the need for ready answers. Times like these, nothing would be more handy than magically beaming knowledge out into the ether. Building on his… Read More

From the Trenches series –  +1 Core for Winter Climbing

From the Trenches series – +1 Core for Winter Climbing

Jan 20, 2011 January 20, 2011

Like flocks of swirling swallows or shimmering schools of tropical fish, our customers swoop in with mysteriously synchronized concerns and questions on a regular basis, prompting the need for ready answers. Times like these, nothing would be more handy than magically beaming knowledge out into the ether. Kelly Cordes is… Read More

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