Climbing

Mount Elbrus; 5642m (18,510 ft)

When Americans think of big adventure, some consider climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. Others save their vacation days to visit the spectacular 15th century ruins of Machu Picchu. Few speak of Mount Elbrus, the tallest mountain in all of Europe. So that’s where I wanted to spend my summer vacation. I joined a team of […]

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Barr Camp Interview

Half way up Pikes Peak in Colorado is a friendly rest stop called Barr Camp. Since 1979, Caretakers have stayed at Barr Camp, welcoming visitors and making sure all are hiking safely. Reservations can be made in advance for those wanting to stay the night. Not a bad idea during a 24-mile round trip hike […]

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Pollux; 4092m (13,425 ft)

I couldn’t believe the final climbing day in Zermatt had arrived. The Matterhorn was hiding behind clouds as we left our hotel at a leisurely 8am. Snowy conditions had made it too dangerous to summmit, so we resorted to an alternate climb, Pollux. With my guide Adam, we took multiple lifts to the base of […]

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Dent du Géant; 4013m (13,166 ft)

All was well in the Torino Hut on the eve before our big climb. It didn’t seem that the weather would cooperate for a Matterhorn attempt in Switzerland, so a summit of the beautiful Dent du Géant (4013m) was on tap for the next morning. 11:00pm, all was quiet. 12:00am, I heard an explosion that […]

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Aiguille d’Entrèves Traverse

Day two in the Alps brought sunshine and a radiant start to the day. We kicked off the morning with a spectacular gondola ride, called Téléphérique de l’Aiguille du Midi, to a close-up view of Mont Blanc. From the viewing station we could see climbers in the distance, methodically plodding their way to Mont Blanc’s […]

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