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 …


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 …


A Week in the Creek aka the yurt don’t hurt

What’s better than a week in the desert?  A week in the desert in the yurt, of course.  Yes God made dirt, but Todd made yurt.  Do yourself a favor next time you’re in Indian Creek – get out of the wind and cold and into the yurt.  Check it out at yurtcation.com.   25 …


Free Glass Menagerie

In May 2007, Josh Finkelstein and Jennifer Sauer completed a free ascent of Looking Glass rock’s Glass Menagerie.  Check out the Rock & Ice spread in issue 162.  Click the photo below for the slideshow.