Veni, Vidi, Vici — Ham and Eggs Couloir

After great ice climbing in the Adirondaks and Scotland this past winter with my climbing partner Ian Osteyee, we were ready for another big adventure. This time, we set our sights on Ham and Eggs Couloir on Moose’s Tooth in the Ruth Gorge of the Alaska Range. We rounded out our team with Jay Abbey, a 56-year-old granddad and total stud, who is a friend of Ian’s. Although Moose’s Tooth is not particularly high (10,335 feet), it is just 15 miles from Denali, the highest peak in North America.

Spring Skiing Fever

This spring, I have been training for two big climbs that have been on my tick list for quite some time: the Moose’s Tooth in the Alaska Range (stay tuned for a trip report) and Alpamayo in the Peruvian Andes. Both ascents consist of long, sustained ice climbing and are a good test of physical and mental endurance. In addition to physical conditioning in the gym, I also try to spend a few long, hard days in the cold and wind to train my mind against the challenges of the mountain.

Team Sight Unseen scores award!

I am very excited for a friend of mine, Kyle Coon, who recently won $10,000 from the Gore-Tex Experience More Challenge to climb Aconcagua, the tallest peak in the Western Hemisphere, with his friends, Justin Grant (who is visually impaired), Brad Jaffke, Peter Green, Joseph Mayfield, and Ben Meyer. The name of their expedition is Team Sight Unseen.

The NEW Adversity Advantage

It’s been a major team effort but we just shipped the final edits for the new deluxe edition of my book, The Adversity Advantage to the publisher! This new edition features many stories from my expeditions to the Seven Summits that tie into the key points my co-author, Dr. Paul Stoltz, and I make about turning adversity on its head. There are also 31 color photos from the climbs to give you a better feel for what it’s like to ascend the highest summit on each continent.

Adirondack Ice Climbs

A little time warp back to January. Wanted to tell you about this earlier but we had to overcome some technology challenges…mountain climbing is easier than fighting computers!

Go Scott and Travis!

I want to give a big shout of support to Scott Cunningham and his guide dog Travis! At this moment, they are in the midst of hiking the West Highland Way again, a 95-mile long trail across rugged Scottish Highlands terrain. Scott lost his eyesight, in just a few weeks, 16 years ago to a rare eye disease. Since then he and Travis have hiked all of the major trails in the UK while raising money to train guide dogs.

Access Fundraiser at Neptunes - April 8th

I hope everyone in the Front Range will come see my show at Neptune Mountaineering in Boulder on Thursday, April 8th. Tickets are $7 and 100% of the proceeds go to the Access Fund, the non-profit organization dedicated to keeping climbing areas open.

Point Five Gully

This February, I crossed the pond to climb one of the most famous mountains in the world, Ben Nevis. Although only 4,409 feet tall, “The Ben” is the highest peak in the British Isles and it experiences some of the most vicious weather on the planet. Indeed, hundreds of climbers and hikers have either died or had epic rescues on this mountain—as we would soon witness!

$75k Raised for Boys & Girls Club

Last week I was honored to be the keynote speaker at a breakfast benefit for the Boys & Girls Club of Metro Denver. According to Patrick Hayes, the Vice President of Development, "We had almost twice as many people as last year, and we raised more than $75,000!!! We exceeded our fund-raising goal for the morning, ensuring that we will be able provide camp experiences for 500+ underserved kids this summer. Plus, we know others in attendance will still be sending in their gift in the coming days.

My New Blog!

Welcome to my new blog! Many of you know that we have been offering a free email newsletter for several years. This has been great for telling about bigger adventures and projects. However, the format was not conducive to brief updates about shorter trips, upcoming talks, and noteworthy news from friends and the non-profit organizations that I support.

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