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…

Scheming and Dreaming

I’m only 2.5 weeks out from Nepal, but I am already planning the next adventure. It’s probably fair to say that I am an addict. This summer I will be traveling to Argentina to ice climb for two weeks, one step closer to my goal of building alpine experience. But coming home from an expedition…

Elliot at Sea Level

Well, I’m back where I started. Where hot showers are only a flight of stairs away, and fresh fruits sits on the countertop in mouth-watering amounts. The readjustment is stark and difficult; living at 20,000 feet is not comparable in almost any way. I am taking the week off school, heading up to Stinson Beach…

Into Thick Air

I’ve always believed that passion is something that is not imperative to survival, but you can’t live without. The only problem is, necessity sometimes only feels like a distant dream, a faraway nirvana. It is up to you to turn it into a reality. In coming here, I had no idea what to expect, what…

Kyajo Un-RI-chable

Mountains don’t move. And for that I am truly grateful, because I am already plotting another journey for Kyajo Ri. After trekking through uncharted terrain for several days to get to the mountain, our efforts were thwarted by a unexpected, steep rock band just a thousand feet from the summit. Although disappointing, we felt that…