Word Stories: Crux


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Have I ever told you about how much I love words? Flippin’ love them. How could you not with words like “knave” and “cacophony” and “gush”? Prepositions are the best, though—you can put on, put aside, put up with…


Sometimes I suspect that I enjoy climbing just for the jargon. Continue reading


The Unglamorous History of Trying to Climb Everest [Book Review]


From the 1921 Reconnaissance Expedition. Mallory front left, photographer Maj. Edward O. Wheeler to his left. Photo courtesy of Yale – Environment 360.

Climbing and history nerds: I have found your book.

Into the Silence: The Great War, Mallory, and the Conquest of Everest, written by Wade Davis, combines the storytelling of climbing tales with sharp attention to how politics and culture shape our choices as it tells the story of the many failed first expeditions to the world’s tallest mountain. Continue reading

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5 Women Climbers in History Who Were Totally Badass

While adventure sports like climbing aren’t perfect in the way they represent female athletes, we’re also incredibly lucky to live in a time when climbers like Ashima Shiraishi, Alex Puccio, Sasha DiGiulian, Sarah Hueniken, and Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner (and many, many more) are achieving absolutely incredible things on rock, plastic, ice, and in the mountains.

But these women’s audacity is not just the product of the last few decades. They, and any other woman who loves to feel challenged by the outdoors or just take in a deep lungful of mountain air, come from a long line of female adventurers.

As a little inspiration for your day, here are five women climbers in history who were absolutely, totally, badass. Continue reading