Dangerous Liaisons

In the summer of 1995, John Climaco and Andrew Brash were young dirtbag alpinists looking for the adventure of a lifetime.  The duo certainly got that and more when they flew to Pakistan for an attempt on  Chogolisa (7,665 m …

Around The Heart Of The Alaska Range

For mountaineers and adventurers, there’s a rich history of exploration in and around Alaska’s Denali National Park.  And although the park is mostly known for the hordes of people who attempt to climb Denali each season – few have ever …

Larger Than Life: Daryl Miller

You know that saying – “they just don’t make em’ the way they used to”.  I guess you could call it a quintessential American expression.  In the climbing world, It conjures up icons like Lynn Hill, Jim Bridwell, Catherine Freer, …

The Northwest Face of Kichatna Spire

Today we head into the Kichatna Spires – a compact subrange of monolithic granite towers located just south of Denali. In early June, North American climbers Graham Zimmerman, Dave Allfrey and Whit Magro, headed into the Kichatna’s – their sites …

Rumble In The Chugach

The western Chugach – the mountains surrounding Anchorage and the Mat-su valley to the east, are a veritable playground for hikers and climbers.  Although the rock is predominantly poor in quality, the peaks are striking, sometimes rising 5,000 from the …

Book Report: Valley Of Giants

Call me old school, but nothing gets me more fired up than adding a new adventure, climbing or mountaineering book to the collection.  So I was excited last month, when Valley Of Giants: Stories From Women at The Heart of …