Trust Exercises

Sometimes you just gotta get out of town and hack your way up a frozen waterfall. The maple-colored mushroom of ice loomed above my head. Snow piled atop my helmet, pelted my face, and coated the thick Northern Minnesota forest. I had just hiked up a short 60-degree incline to reach the vertical wall of …

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“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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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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Annapurna: A Woman’s Place journals the 1978 women’s climb to Annapurna I in the Nepal Himalayas. Annapurna I stands at 8,091 meters (or 26, 545 feet) and is considered the deadliest mountain over 8,000 meters, with 53 fatalities. The introduction discusses past and present challenges for women alpine climbers–not only the general challenges of a massive …

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