Author Archives: nick

Dogtooth Dash Ski-Mountaineering Race

For years I’ve been afraid of competing.  It is easier to harbour delusions of athletic talent if you never test them. Being injured actually gave me an excuse to sign up for a race. I felt that I could cope … Continue reading

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Rehabilitation: Skiing

This is the second post of photos from the past month. I wish I had some profound observations to accompany these photos, but if I wait for a flash of inspiration, I may be waiting forever. Skiing has been a … Continue reading

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Rehabilitation: Climbing

This is the first of two posts detailing what I’ve been doing during the past month. I just read an essay describing the fervor with which my generation (Gen Y, apparently) has taken to creating “personal brands” through the use … Continue reading

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Convalescing

Four months ago, I slipped while topping out a boulder problem in the forest below the Grand Wall.  I fell awkwardly, missed my crash pad, and landed squarely on my heel. I made it out of the boulders and to … Continue reading

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A Brief Introduction to the Chehalis

The sad truth about a great deal of summer alpine climbing is that it consists mainly of hiking long distances to not very good rockclimbs.  Why would anyone want to do that? A commonly held, and perhaps not entirely misguided … Continue reading

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Harvey’s Pup

Jason McConnell and I were finally granted a two day weekend free from the roof on BC Place and, wanting to climb something in the mountains but not wanting to drive or hike too far, we decided to check out … Continue reading

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BC Place

Amongst my many idiosyncrasies is the fact that while I derive considerable satisfaction from hard work for the sake of recreation, hard work for the sake of handsome financial remuneration makes me sullen and ill-tempered. Thankfully, I’m oddly unconcerned with … Continue reading

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An Update

Climbing-related blogs such as this one exist mainly as a forum in which their authors can brag, however understatedly, about how badass they are.  Unfortunately, I’ve been decidedly un-badass lately; hence the lack of recent posts. However, in the spirit … Continue reading

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Zion

In Utah, you can ride a motorcycle without a helmet, but you can’t buy beer stronger than 3.2%.  It’s a familiar yet exotic place; both culturally and geographically. The locals are incredibly friendly, while their religious beliefs and customs are … Continue reading

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A Dispatch from the Desert

Karina and I have spent the last week doing some climbing tourism around Moab. Karina clearly enjoying the wide third pitch of the Kor-Ingalls. For our first day of climbing we figured that the Kor-Ingalls route on Castleton Tower would … Continue reading

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