Any adventure is only as good as the stories you bring home.
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A note of appreciation... It's hard to find a more perfect human being than my wife & partner, @janetty.nh. I feel qualified to say this because she's my partner not once or twice, but many times over - in climbing, marriage, parenting, business (2x)... We even dress alike some days! Janet is smart, sincere, funny, an incredible mother to our little fire monkey and a compassionate caregiver for four-legged creatures, too. She knows how to put on a pantsuit & chair professional grown-up meetings, or pitch a tent in a Patagonian tempest. Do you want me to keep going? Janet actually finishes the long form articles in the New Yorker (incredible!) and she does all my laundry. She's guided the Nose, leading and hauling every pitch, and made first ascents of boulders, cliffs, and mountains in places like India, Newfoundland, and Nepal. She once worked at a McDonalds in Homer, Alaska, but now she insists on growing as much of our own food as we can in New Hampshire, and using cloth diapers. She's slaughtered lambs and picked up the pieces of dead guys. This year, she went out and started a community garden at the local women's shelter in her spare time (why not?) and she lets me skip out on all the aforementioned responsibilities we share to go adventuring when I get the itch. I love you babe. See you soon.
The Chief from Julia's house. #stillmountainseries#stillmountainsSquamish @mountainhardwear // I'm going to go a little bananas this week and post a whole series of landscape shots I took while on a recent family work-cation to Squamish, BC. It was my first time there and I gotta say, man, the Chief is one sexy cliff, both to climb on & take photographs of.... Anyway, just a warning that things are going to get a little artsy-fartsy around here. Enjoy!
Photo @robfrostmedia. "All hail the summer project. Through bugs and down pours, humid rock and evening sessions, you keep us motivated by illuminating a simple truth: even in bad conditions, going rock climbing is better than not going rock climbing." // I was surprised & stoked to send Pointy Teeth a day after Timmy did. It rarely happens like that with me! @mountainhardwear
Timmy D. on the showstopper crux dyno of "Vanishing Point" (12d) at Sundown Ledge in New Hampshire.... So hard, yet so good. Today Timmy made the first linkup of this obscure beauty into Summer Teeth (13a) to produce Pointy Teeth. Yeah boy! Sometimes I find as much inspiration & satisfaction from pursuing little acts of creativity on my home crags as I do from the proudest lines in the big mountains. @saltpumpclimbing@lasportivana@email@example.com
Figures on the landscape. #stillmountainseries#stillmountainsAlaska //
This is the last photo in my series of the Gorge Gorge in Denali National Park... Thanks to my buddies at @thenorthface team for making it happen, and stay-tuned for a short film about climbing in the Gorge and Renan & Alex's far flung friendship. We will now return to regular programming.