“You look like a beached whale,” Tyler called up to me. Thanks to fear, I barely winced at the insult. I peered at the vertical ice wall above me through fogged-over goggles. One of my crampons had come unfastened from my boot. I pressed my chest, stomach, and cheek to the ice, wishing my body …

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I first met Sarah Hueniken early on a September morning in a cafe in Canmore, Alberta. Hueniken was not quite awake and had had a long day before — to say she was grumpy would mischaracterize her. I immediately approached her like a puppy wagging my tail, sticking out my hand to shake hers. Kind …

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Being bound by rope and rock is a special kind of bond. It’s only a certain type of person that you’d want to spend hours with talking about holds, trips you want to take, being sore, your love life — or anything else — covered in chalk, lounging on pads. Maybe you don’t see them outside of …

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I think we can all agree that Jimmy Chin looks amazing in a sweater vest. From there, the GQ Style photoshoot — “We Took Fall’s Crunchiest Designer Clothes Rock Climbing in Joshua Tree National Park” — fell flat for me. Here’s why: I was three when I fell in love with Joshua Tree National Park. I fell instantly …

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“What goes up must come down,” Sir Isaac Newton famously observed. Though rarely questioned, ‘Squash’ Falconer decided to put that rule to the test. A few years ago, the adventurer, mountaineer and motorcycle fanatic became the first British female to climb Mont Blanc and paraglide from the summit, after riding 1,200 kilometres from the UK …

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It’s time once again to put on my gear-testing hat, or, in this case, my gear testing shoes. I tried out Arc’teryx’s new Arakys Approach Shoes in a variety of scrambles and scrabbles, and my feet felt just splendid. First of all, for those naysayers, approach shoes are a great invention. They can’t replace your …

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It was the millionth cough of the night. Or was it the million and first? I’d lost count and all I could focus on was the penetrating pain in my ribs and the feeling of drowning. At close to 20,000 feet, every ache was amplified and every cough drained my energy significantly more than at …

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I am sitting in gravel by the largest pool of Steamboat. The glassy surface of the river moves slowly and it is the end of summer so traffic on the road above is infrequent and the whoosh of an occasional car is indistinguishable in the combing breeze. I am looking at the white scar on …

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The cliff face loomed above my head, pegs sticking straight out from the rock. I clipped into the steel cable with both carabiners, took a deep breath, and grabbed the first peg of the Klettersteig Via Ferrata in Kandersteg, Switzerland. Then I felt the first stirrings of stark terror. It made no sense; the fear …

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According to Somerville Theatre’s Hermitlake organizer, Paul Fitzpatrick Nager, the film The Search for Freedom sets the tone for the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour 2016. This action-packed film, showing some of the brightest stars of our adrenaline-chasing age, overlaid with a beautiful narrative, results in a somewhat jarring juxtaposition that still manages to …

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