South by West and East

  The Mojave desert is an unconventional place to prepare for an expedition to a remote Patagonian peak.  Joshua Tree National Park however, is where three of the four expedition members ended up during mid December.  It is true that before gaining popularity as a testing ground in its own right, J-Tree was seen as […]

The Good With The Bad

Working in the Dirty Devil River region on a twenty four day technical canyon course is probably not the best way to get in shape for a Patagonian climbing expedition. None the less that is how I spent the month of November this year. Trying to open the bus window on the way home made […]

Together at Last

After ten months of random, infrequent and mostly electronic communications, the four of us finally sat down in the same room and eventually, the same table. Fittingly enough, that diminutive, round, faux-rustic table was in a corner of the Guest Lounge in Yosemite National Park’s Curry Village. Pleasantries exchanged, we got down to business. “Matt, […]

It Begins Again…

2 December 2013 — Patagonia called me back in 2015 before I even boarded my flight there for 2014. The message came by Facebook. It was a Monday morning and I was lying next to Amy in our port-a-build at NOLS New Zealand. In my usual fashion I lay awake and watched the sunlight slowly […]