The High Side of the Horn of Africa | The Explorers Journal

“The High Side of the Horn of Africa. The Explorers Journal. Summer 2008.

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“I scissor my hand up and down in the crack, clearing loose grains of sand from the inside edge. The purchase gets better and I commit to the hold and begin cleaning the inside of the next. Midway through my next excavation, the edge of the crack outside my foot fractures. The horizontal runnel I’d been on one move before was little better. I adjust my stance, willing myself to be lighter. This is climbing in Ethiopia, a minute-by-minute guessing game of what to trust in the environment, and how to trust yourself in that environment…”