A Climbing Accident

When he hit the ledge, I was sure he was dead. He was a young college guy, and we had…

The Customer Is Always Right

Maybe you’ve heard this one: Ski resort patron approaches lift ticket kiosk on Powder Day of the Century and demands…

The Three Bumper Stickers

“You know, I was just thinking that three bumper stickers changed my life,” Dan said as we tromped down the…

Don’t Sandbag Me, Bro

I always get sandbagged by guys in gear shops. I will stop in somewhere to pick up a cordelette, or…

Do You Have The Stoke?

2:39 a.m., August 11, 2012: Packs packed, Chris and I are about to shut the tailgate on my van and…

Is Mountaineering Sexy?

I think there’s nothing that feels more rad than picking your way up a ridgeline, trailing a rope, pulling your…

The Things That Make Us

In the weeks leading up to my wedding in 2007, my hair was a little long for my parents’ taste.…

Girly Girls And Manly Men

In a conversation a few weeks ago, a climber friend of mine described herself as “not super-girly.” Her expanded definition…

Rappelling: Have More Fun

Climbing is fun. But at the top of a route, everybody gets all serious. Which is good, because lots of…

Gear of the Year 2012

There’s nothing better than some shit-hot new gear to spend your hard-earned dollars on, is there? Technological advances in apparel…

The Year of Buying Nothing New

You have approximately one million different travel mugs at home. I know this because I have previously owned approximately one…

Moms Who Crush

I showed up to meet my friend Becca at the bouldering gym in Seattle on a Monday afternoon. When we…

In Defense Of Denver

A handful of Saturday mornings, I have driven out of Denver’s Capitol Hill neighborhood juggling a bowl of granola on…

Review: My Running Shoes

I picked up these sweet-ass rigs after I finally wore out my last pair of trail running shoes after 2…

How Tough Are You?

There are many good strategies to use when running the New York City Marathon. Throwing up at the start is…

The Toughest Thing

One of the things about telling stories is you think you should always know where the story begins and ends,…

Hey Coffee, I Love You

When you go on a climbing or backpacking trip and someone says, “I’ll bring the coffee,” do you secretly bring…