Weekly Feature Archives

Obsession and Ingenuity, Part I: Michigan

Posted October 17, 2007

The three months (if you're lucky) of joy for most Midwestern ice climbers are filled with long, sleepless weekend drives to Ontario, Northern Minnesota and Michigan's Upper Peninsula... But what about lunch breaks?

Canada's Other Winter Climbing Destination: Ontario

Posted October 10, 2007

Welcome to Canada's best-kept chilly secret, where "the constant northwest winds result in some of the wildest ice formations imaginable: 10-foot umbrellas and fragile curtains waiting to kill anyone foolish enough to try climbing."

The Ultimate Route: 700 Kilometers Around the Hautes Alps

Posted October 3, 2007

Over ninety-two days, Lionel Daudet succeeded in circumnavigating 700 kilometers around the Hautes Alps province of France, ticking 292 peaks and gaining more than 70000 meters of elevation. Here, his reflections and photographs.

Climbing by Kayak: A Photo Essay of Greenland's Tallest Sea Cliff

Posted September 28, 2007

Eliza Kubarska and David Kaszlikowski load their kayaks with climbing gear and an excitement for unclimbed terrain in this mini-adventure to Greenland's highest sea cliff.

A Tribute to Bob Bates

Posted September 19, 2007

Alpinist's tribute to Robert Hicks Bates, 96, relentless first ascensionist, member of the "Harvard Five," former president of the American Alpine Club, honorary member of the 10th Mountain Division and all-around upstanding citizen.

Adventures in El Chorro, Spain

Posted September 12, 2007

Dodging trains, jumping gaps, and climbing some of the best limestone cracks in the world—the first part of an adventure series on El Chorro, the "Jewel of the Mediterranean," by photographer and writer Traveler Taj Terpening.

Sierra Aspirants: A Cartoon Story

Posted September 6, 2007

Follow Michael McMillan's colorful story about his glory days, from the orange orchard he called home to the (almost) top of the Sierra. This humorist, artist and climber shares his past through fifteen woodcut block prints and a touching essay.

1931 Exum Ridge Video

Posted August 27, 2007

Watch the ten-minute video that documents the third ascent of the Grand Teton's Exum Ridge, and read the story of George Waters, the photographer and climber who captured the footage—one of the first video accounts of such a committing peak—in 1931.

How To Get A Date At YOUR Gym

Posted April 1, 2004

It's been a long winter in the gym. While the snow piled outside, the climbers gathered within. Pawing our way up the walls, I'm sure many of us wondered how long it would be before we drew one chalky breath too many and died of some rare but serious lung disease. Fortunately, there was always the distraction of eye-candy. Man-candy. When so many climbers are drawn into the warehouse of plastic, it's a great time to display your feathers for a prospective mate. After a full winter of observation, I can offer some tips to you gentleman that are sure to set us women-folk into a dither.