The Christmas Wall

“You want one of these?” I asked, holding out a Gu packet as Josie racked up for some shitty looking climbing.  Around us, clouds and mist swirled.  Small droplets, mistlets, if you will, pecked at my eyeballs as I squinted upward at our intended route. “Uh. . . sure” she said, taking the proffered calorie […]

…and A Descent

As per usual, my headlamp is fading fast, but its pale glow can still illuminate the tiny beech tree in front of me. No larger than the biggest part of my forearm, it creaks and flexes under Josie’s weight.  Behind it the soft, fern covered, moss smothered ground rises and falls with each creak and […]

“Well, Here We Are…”

“Well coach, we’re almost out of innings” Josie quips as we move up into the Rio Alerce’s headwaters.  There is a solid chunk of white granite above us, but it is mostly guarded by a band of crappy looking rock of unknown origins.  Orange, black, white, and grey all meld together into swirling, chunky fragile melting […]

Dark to Dark to Dark

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 […]

Escudo

“Es una mierda” Gabo says with a thinly veiled cough while trying to suppress a smile.  Next to him Cristina is telling Rodrigo that there are so many better places to take me than Escudo.  I just sit and take it all in.  Earlier Greta had told me about how Rodrigo had gone up there […]