Storming Castles [part 2 - the sequel]

This is part 2.  Check out part 1. See Rock and Ice Issue 195 for the full feature on Sierra adventures.   It seems that for every backcountry objective ticked off in the Sierra, a dozen more pop up.  The entire range is filled with unimaginable amounts of fresh granite beckoning the adventurous climber.  The …


Backcountry Motivation

‘Tis (almost) the season for backcountry climbing.  Warm air is slowly making its way into the mountains while thoughts of remote f.a.’s and the associated logistics slowly creep their way into my mind.  The Sierra have so many options it seems the hardest part is narrowing it down to just one. Last year Josh Finkelstein …


Storming Castles

Two days into a supposed one day approach, near the summit of Mt. Whitney, things were getting grim.  It wasn’t really one thing that was causing discomfort, but more of a combination of many minor and not so minor issues.  The 70 pound packs didn’t help.  Nor did the 12 mile approach up and over …


Rain in the Desert aka The Experience of Being There…

We often hear about the latest 5.TEEN or V-TEEN crushed by some ‘hard person’ from a magical land full of the best rock, the best routes and the best climbers. Flip the page or click next and then you get to read about someone doing it FASTER or in less tries or with only one …


Incredible…

What more can be said about California’s Sierra range?  The place has it all.  From damn near perfect weather and solid granite to pristine wilderness and amazing light shows every morning and evening.