At a time when the word precarious is used increasingly to describe many aspects of our current existence, Katie Ives reflects on the differences between confronting risk in the mountains and responding to much vaster political and ecological uncertainties in the US and the world. "I think now, especially with climate change, we are without a doubt living in a precarious world," climber and environmental advocate Laura Waterman tells her. "We have to make the right decisions, ethically, as best we can."
Four friends spend 10 days doing first ascents in the Purcell Wilderness, British Columbia, and for some it was their first time doing a first ascent. Special Feature
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