August 5, 2013

Would You Join the Lost Mountain?

Three years ago I saw a photo of a rock face in Mozambique. It became an astonishing force in my life. 36 months, a 3-week reconnaissance trip, and one very spe […]

August 10, 2011

Coffee Story: Ethiopia Available Now, Needed Now

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It’s a big day for me today. It’s the day Coffee Story Ethiopia com […]

June 9, 2009

Waypoint Namibia: Big Walls, Desert Mirages, and Perseverance in the Darmaland and Beyond. *

Majka Burhardt on Southern Crossing, 5.11+, V. Photo by Peter Doucette.
On June 1st, Peter Doucette, Kate Rutherford and I completed Southern Crossing: a 1300-f […]

June 5, 2009

First Ascents, Returns, and Expectations. Namibia 7

Southern Crossing, 5.11+, V, Brandberg, Namibia. Photo by Peter Doucette.
“Was Namibia everything you expected it to be?” my friend Kyle asked me this morni […]

April 20, 2009

Mobile Home, Africa Style. Namibia 1

The Outdoor Research/Exped Aires Mesh, Poodle Sold Separately
This is where I’m going to live for the next five weeks. The tent, not the lawn. The tent is goi […]

January 31, 2009

Working Make Believe

It’s 4:34pm on January 31st. I spent the last eight hours working. Today, that work was outside, ice guiding. I know it was work because other people knew I d […]

January 8, 2009

Toward the Tunnel

Three years ago, a microwave sized rock dislodged in a gulley and began its long roll towards my foot. I ended up writing a novel, or trying to. I started out t […]

December 23, 2008

Holiday Break for the Unbreakables

It has been over three years since I spend more than three days without doing something productive or additive. These days, if I climb for more than two days in […]

December 11, 2008

Working in the Void

Yesterday I finished up work on a grant application that took me five days to complete. It was 2:30 pm. I pressed send. It disappeared from my computer. I looke […]

September 23, 2008

Expando-Crag: Whipped Insallment

(Part of an on-going series on my blog of posts from my column Whipped, for Climbing Magazine. Septe […]