Learning to Walk

Do you remember that moment, the one where your chubby hands pushed off the countertop and took your first few steps? Parents clapped, took film that they would inevitably watch when you went off to college, maybe you even got a cake. It was a big deal. As we become grown, we start to take…

A Change of Plans

Sometimes, everything goes perfectly. Sometimes, everything goes okay. And sometimes, #%*$ is $&@#%*. Let me just clear some things up, first off. The plan for this trip was to head into the Annapurna region of Nepal and attempt two peaks, Tharpu Chuli/Tent Peak (18,579′) and Singhu Chuli/Fluted Peak (21,328′). Tharpu Chuli was a bit lower…

Shadows

Shadows can be good. In fact, oftentimes it can be easier in the shade, without an unrelenting sun constantly beating down. But within that darkness lurk creatures impossible to see, ones that can crawl inside of our heads and make themselves at home, and we are none the wiser. That’s the danger of a shadow….

Nepal 2017

Stepping off of a treadmill is painfully easy. The STOP button taunts my peripheral vision as I crank the speed dial up, feeling almost masochistic as the burning in my legs elevates with the tempo. In a last-ditch attempt to fire myself up,  I turn my Led Zeppelin to angsty-teenager-in-a-movie-listening-to-death-metal levels. John Bonham’s high hats seem…

50. 50. 41?

For most of the people that climb Denali, America’s tallest peak, it is a huge endeavor that is followed by weeks of rest and recuperation. But for Maddie Miller, native Idahoan and senior at Colorado College, it is just the beginning. Maddie, with the guidance of Melissa, photographer Jon Mancuso, driver Ali, and trusty (usually)…

Summit Day

The most anticipated part of any expedition. However many months of preparation, weeks of getting in position, there is one day that it all comes down to: Summit Day. From the time you crawl into your sleeping bag the night before, nerves kick in. Sleep will only come to those with nerves of steel, or…

The Rap on Risk

Climbing is a dangerous sport. There is no getting around it. Risk is involved, and accidents happen. People are killed. It is scary to take off on big expeditions knowing this. I am a sister, a daughter, and a friend. There are people whom I feel extremely responsible to come home safe for. But where…

One Gutsy Gal

Bravery. Kind of a subjective word. You might have it, you might not. Probably depends on who you ask. But for Aidan Campbell, it is completely objective. There is no debate that she has guts. It is just a cold hard fact. Aidan, a good family friend who is going into her freshman year of…

The Fear Factor

Hello anybody who still reads my blog! Long time no see. Sorry I have been MIA for a little while, the start of summer is always a little crazy. Anyway, today I think I’m going to talk about fear. It’s always been a big deal for me. For most people, I think. Ever since I…

Urban Mountaineering?

Yesterday, exactly one day after my eighth grade graduation, I for some reason to decided to try to get back to my passion, which resulted in me pretending to be a mountaineer for a day. As if that statement “pretending to be a mountaineer” wasn’t ridiculous enough, I chose to do something so incomprehensibly absurd,…

Are you ready Arnot?

When somebody says jump, Melissa Arnot doesn’t say “How high?” She says, “nah, I’d rather fly” Because it takes a special type of person to reach the top of the world, and an even more special type of person to do it with such an inspiring style. About 4 weeks after I left Nepal, Melissa…

5.Scaffolding?

Right now, I’m feeling pretty great. After a couple of rough weeks trying to get back into city life, I feel like I have found my (reggae) rhythm. Every mountaineer knows the post-expedition haze, a several week depression feeling like life is meaningless. I mean, I was just climbing in this incredible place… And now…