The Adventure Chronicles

December 11, 2015 - 12:01pm

August 20th finally rolled around, and unfortunately it was time to leave.  After three awesome months of guiding and living the dream in Seward with my fellow EGGs, I hopped on the bus to Anchorage to catch a flight back to New York.  After three days of seeing family and friends, I drove off to school in good Clinton, New York to begin my junior year at Hamilton College.

 

 

While the rolling hills of Central New York don’t typically lend themselves to climbing, at Hamilton, we’re lucky enough to be located within a 4 hour drive of some world class rock (and ice in the winter!) and some awesome hiking.  Being a dedicated college student, my climbing days are restricted to weekends and school breaks.  ...

December 11, 2015 - 2:45am
12/5 - 12/8
My mother is a badass. For the last 4 days she followed me around the Cordon del Plata (the Silver Mountain Range) in the Argentinean Andes as I climbed peaks to acclimatize for my expedition on Aconcagua. 
 
At 6,900 meters, Aconcagua is the highest mountain in the Western Hemisphere. This coming week Ryan Fisher, the owner of Exit Glacier Guides, and I will attempt to ski from the summit.
 
My mother and I spend our first day hiking from the refugio (9,800ft) up a nearby ridge to a false summit at 12,000ft. As we climbed a heavy fog enveloped us and we struggled to find our way from cairn to cairn due to the dwindling visibility. On the way back down, visibility was worse, and I resorted to using the GPS...
December 7, 2015 - 9:25am

The idea was to put ourselves out there, to challenge ourselves by making plans that may not even be possible. The only real way to start a trip like this is choosing to fly the discount Spirit Airlines with all the needed gear for a two month, thousand mile bike tour combined with some high altitude mountaineering through Peru and Ecuador. For our flight to Lima, Spirit insisted on enforcing a weight restriction on the boxes containing our bikes. They are the only airline in the whole terminal to do this. We could not check our clothes for weight restrictions, or get past security with our overloaded carry-ons. The only option was to don all our high altitude climbing gear, including clunky mountaineering boots,...

December 3, 2015 - 10:50am

‘I can’t breathe! Is someone taking a hammer to my head every time my heart beats?’ These are the thoughts that run through my head as we scramble up 4th class rock to the summit of Urus Este. We are at the tallest altitude any of us have been at, closing in on 18,000 feet above sea level. Finally, we stand on what feels like the top of the world, being treated to a 360 degree panorama of the Cordillera Blanca in the Peruvian Andes.

Base camp

Six of us, four Exit Glacier Guides, headed out from the quaint mountain city of Huaraz two days earlier to set up base camp in the heart of the...

May 8, 2015 - 6:54pm

 

I have been working as a professional glacier guide for the past three summers. Through my work I have learned the importance of preparation for outings. Clothing, technical gear, route information and timing are crucial elements that must come together for any successful day. When taking clients out, making a mistake is not an option. While triple checking is entirely necessary for a guiding business, on...

March 3, 2015 - 10:37pm

A recent trip to Valdez, AK was the moral booster I had been looking for.  In a winter much warmer than most, this has been the season to get creative and search a little harder for the things I love to do.  Minimal snow has kept the skis in the closet more than I care to admit, but with the extra time, I’ve found plenty of good ice to climb! 

For any ice climber, Valdez is a mecca and a must see.  The roadside classics of Keystone canyon are awe inspiring and just the tip of the iceberg. Plenty here to keep you busy for days on end.  So, when I heard about the Valdez Ice Climbing Festival, I knew I had to go.  Five days spent over Valentine’s weekend with fellow Exit Glacier Guides; Shawna, Cody, and Ryan proved to be the highlight of my...

January 15, 2015 - 11:31am

Just wanted to give our congratulations and respect to the finish Caldwell/Jorgeson Dawn Wall project. Wow. What a mind-boggling accomplishment.

 

January 14, 2015 - 11:30am

A showcase highlighting some of the outdoor shenanigans we get into after work. Make sure to watch this in HD!

September 3, 2014 - 12:44pm

Our own glacier ice bucket challenge!