Tag Archives: Ecuador

The Highest For Last: Mount Elbert

I can’t believe my summer in the Rockies is almost over! I had time for one last big hike, so I decided to cap it off with the highest peak in Colorado: Mount Elbert. At 14,443 feet, Elbert may be … Continue reading

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Friends in High Places

My climbing friend Sarah and I met on a very big mountain in Ecuador: Gua-Gua Pinchincha. We climbed all 15,695-feet of Gua-Gua (pronounced Waa-Waa) the hard way: hand-over-hand up a dozen fixed rope pitches to a rappel off a cliff, and then … Continue reading

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Xmas Ice Axe!

Last summer, hiking in the Cascades and the Canadian Rockies, I kept finding myself in steep snowfields, wishing for an ice axe. In the mountains, an ice axe is essential for self-arrest: if you slip and fall on a steep … Continue reading

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View From the Bell Tower

When visiting a new city, one of the first things I like to do is climb up to a vantage point that helps me get my bearings on the streets below. In Europe, one of the best places to go … Continue reading

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Long Adventure Weekend!

I’m off! Heading to Colorado’s Collegiate Peaks Wilderness for a 4-day 24-mile loop up and over Mount Yale- 14,202 feet! So far this summer the dogs and I have summited several sub-10’s, two 11’s, three 12’s and a 13. Hopefully … Continue reading

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Must Love Mountains

This past weekend I climbed 13,330-foot Summit Peak in Colorado’s San Juan Mountains. It was one of the best days of my life. Summit was a beast of a climb: over 5,000 feet of elevation gained, most of it off … Continue reading

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The Suffer Fest

From around the next bend in the road, a shriek of metal, a cloud of smoke, and a bus careens at our van head on. We both swerve madly for a near miss. Then I see the accident: a blue … Continue reading

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