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A vignette on the climbing life – “It’s good to see you”

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As I walked down the street of a small mountain town, a friend came into view. Smiles appeared on both of our faces as we got closer to each other. We hugged, and she said, “It’s good to see you.” I remember this day vividly because we had lost yet another mutual climber friend just months before, and it was hard not to be drawn back into that moment when seeing her. I replied, “It’s good to see you, too.” And she replied back, “No, I mean it, it really…read more

An alpine guide’s review: The climbing pack that does it all

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I have been using the Deuter Speed Lite 20 for over five years now and find it to be the right pack for everything from grocery shopping to fast and light alpine climbing. The pack’s features seem endless as well as its capacity. It’s a 20-liter pack, but with the side straps you can attach ropes, jackets and even the Deuter External Pockets to maximize storage. It has a piolet (ice axe) holder that is actually made to hold a piolet and does this very well. It comes with helmet holder attachments,…read more

Rock Cairns: Art or Absurdity?

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First, let’s get this one straight: Rock cairns have been around since man was able to pick up objects and move them. There’s nothing new here, although these days we do have other things to think about, like our impact as a species on the environment and what our actions add or subtract to the outdoor experience. When cave men or Native Americans used rocks for navigation, communication or other tasks, the world didn’t have 6 billion people in it. When you move a rock you upset the small ecosystem…read more

Whitesides Mountain… not for the faint of heart

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Deuter ambassador Karsten Delap and Lance Sullins of Fox Mountain Guides recently reported back some awesome picks from a trip to Whitesides Mountain. Some of the longest climbing east of the Mississippi. The wall has 850’ of vertical and overhanging climbing to reach its summit. The climbing is generally long, runout, scary and not for the faint of heart. If you can overcome these challenges it provides some of the best views the Nantahala National Forest has to offer and a climbing experience of a lifetime. Have you been? Want…read more