Cleanest Line | Essay

“And Then There Were Two” The Cleanest Line Blog, July 2017. Read Online “Sometimes I wish I could make it easier on all of us and want less. I wish I could take climbing and the elation and lust and risk that accompanies it out of our family picture. In our newfound time, we could make kale cupcakes, hand-sew your … Read More

Patagonia | Essay

“The Middle.” Patagonia. January 2016. Download PDF It was 8:45 p.m. when Gilbert made the announcement. “I have something to tell you,” she said. These were the first words she’d spoken to me since I’d seen her an hour before when I set off to lead an ice-choked crack that gave way to a rime-covered slot. Her head had just … Read More

Gaining | Alpinist Magazine

“Gaining.” Alpinist Magazine. June 2015. Read Online | Download PDF “Cold calling has its place. In 1996 I saw a picture of Kitty Calhoun climbing a dazzling ice wall in an exceptionally fetching one-piece suit, and I decided she and I should climb together. Never mind that I was twenty and had never summited anything harder than Pyramid Peak in … Read More

Backpacker Magazine | Essay

“Norway’s Lofoten Islands: Where the sun never sets, the adventure never ends, if you can keep up.” Backpacker Magazine. June 2014. Dowload PDF |  View Online Slideshow “It’s 11 p.m. when I shoulder my daypack, step out the door of a red-shingled fisherman’s cabin, and head into the sunshine toward the mossy, tundra-covered granite coastline of the Norwegian Sea. A … Read More

Delta Sky Magazine | Essay

“Surfing in Sayulita.” Delta Sky Magazine. June 2014. Download PDF “I’ve spent seven of the past 12 months on the road, climbing granite spires in Norway, speaking about Ethiopian coffee in the Netherlands and producing an adventure, science and conservation film project in Mozambique. My travels take me many places, but hardly ever to the beach. So in December I stuffed four bikinis into a carry-on and booked … Read More

Backpacker Magazine | Essay

“Hidden in the Shadow.” Backpacker Magazine. May 2014. Download PDF “I’m a New England newcomer with only two years under my belt, which means that most New Hampshire chipmunks have more local status than I do. Luckily, I married into North Country authenticity. When I’m looking for the best hike—without squeezing into the ever-popular AMC huts—I look no further than … Read More

My Favorite 5.10 | Rock and Ice Magazine

“My Favorite 5.10: Diedre, Cathedral Ledge, NewHampshire.” Rock and Ice Magazine. February 2014. Download PDF “My favorite 5.10 is one I can only climb, well, 50 percent of the time. Two years ago I moved from Colorado to New Hampshire, where you can’t just climb 5.10 in the dry perfection of fall, you have to be able to climb it … Read More

Delta Sky Magazine | Essay

“Johannesburg with Majka Burhardt.” Delta Sky Magazine. July 2013. Download PDF  “I’m a professional climber and filmmaker fixated on the intersection of culture and environment. Africa is my home away from home, and when I’m lucky enough to have Johannesburg on my travel docket, I make sure to carve out time to get grounded in South Africa’s friendliest big city. Getting … Read More

Delta Sky Magazine | Essay

“Flightgeist, Las Vegas.” Delta Sky Magazine. March 2013 Download PDF “One of the top outdoor recreation areas in the country sits 17 miles west of the Vegas strip. The Spring Mountains boast big peaks, inspiring hiking trails, approachable mountain biking and some of the best rock climbing in the United States. Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area is the gateway … Read More

Delta Sky Magazine | Essay

“Bozeman with Majka Burhardt” Delta Sky Magazine. December 2012. Download PDF | View Online “I’m a professional rock climber and ice climber, but the reason I’ve tried to live in Bozeman (twice) has to do with the skiing. Montana is one of my favorite winter playgrounds, and when I’m not going vertical on frozen waterfalls, I head to Bridger Bowl for dreamy downhill … Read More