Maps and Machetes

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Planning an expedition is one thing. Planning a successful expedition is something else. Legendary explore Bill TIlman is quoted as saying “any expedition should be able to be planned on the back of an envelope.” With that philosophy of streamlined and efficient expeditions he and his mates explored uncharted mountains, deserts and oceans throughout the […]

Decision Time

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To go or not to go, that is the question.  Is it even a question though?  Is it not preordained?  The fact that I sit here and write these sentences tells me it is not a question.  Maybe the real question is where to go, and more importantly, with whom. The planning begins again, though […]

Dark to Dark to Dark

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We woke in the dark then watched the sun come up. We watched the sun go down and come up again. All without sleeping. Then we watched it go down once more, still without sleeping. In between we climbed up, rapped down and walked out. *** It was to be a short spell of good […]

Facing Reality on Pilar Goretta

The reality is, once again, I am not good enough. Not strong enough, not smart enough, not tough enough, and even potentially, not dumb enough. Some things had changed in the two years since I last attempted to climb Fitz Roy via Pilar Goretta and it’s north side. I had more experience, more knowledge and […]