Sleep In The Dirt

Kim Hess Bags Sixth of Seven Summit Challenge

The Campfire Chronicles
The days spent bogged down with weather were filled with coffee, napping, comedic banter, cutting snow blocks to build protective walls from the wind and using the leftover blocks to build sculptures - much like children on a snow day. Time ceased to have meaning in the disorienting 24-hours of daylight, making meals and bedtimes completely irrelevant. Read the rest

Up and Down Denali

Essays From the Field
One of the defining characteristics of climbing Denali is the long slog from Base Camp to Advanced Base Camp at 14,000 feet. A nearly 13-mile, 7,000-foot climb that is weighed down with the more than 120 pounds of fuel, food, camping equipment and climbing gear. Over the course of five days, we huffed, puffed and ski toured across a minefield of crevasses to reach 14K camp. Read the rest

Kellie Nelson’s Fat Pursuit

Essays From the Field
"Game day... I’ve got my work cut out for me. Two hundred wintry miles is serious business. There’s snow in the forecast here. There’s also an incredible energy here in Island Park. The camaraderie is thick. There’s a field of friends here, and this event continuously manages to attract some pretty special people. I consider myself lucky to be among them. Somehow, I am ready." Read the rest