Climbing is what defines each of our lives, and our life together. Adam and I met climbing. Our first date was climbing. Our first kiss was climbing. So, a climbing trip—but not just any climbing trip—was the only way we conceived of spending our honeymoon.
At 11 am on January 24, Rolando Garibotti and Colin Haley stood on the summit of Cerro Torre after linking all four of the Torre Group's iconic spires in a single, alpine style traverse...After they’d completed the traverse, for many people, the story that emerged was less of a retrospective into the project than it was a look toward the future.
I’m believer in positive thinking. But in August I found myself wondering about the disconnect between believing in the bright side and giving it lip service. On a trip to the Lotus Flower Tower in Canada’s Cirque of the Unclimbables, Ian Altman and his multiple sclerosis showed me how unyielding persistence can bridge this gap.
With the advent of GIS, satellite images and other advanced cartographic applications, it seems the world is growing smaller by the minute. But long-time Alpinist contributor Tamotsu Nakamura—though he began his explorations after the Golden Age of Mountaineering ended—begs to differ.