Matthes Crest/Cathedral Peak/Tenaya Peak Link-Up in Tuolumne Meadows

Matthes Crest/Cathedral Peak/Tenaya Peak Link-Up in Tuolumne Meadows

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July 16th, 2013 by tj

My alarm went off at 3:58 AM,
beating Josh’s by 2 minutes and preventing a repeat of the previous morning’s wake-up: a barrage of small pebbles. I was so stoked for the day’s adventure that I skipped coffee,
but not my typical camping breakfast of orange juice and Pop-Tarts. We topped off our Nalgene bottles,
jumped in the car, and by 5:10 AM we were cruising down the Cathedral Lakes Trail. More »

Paint Free Santee – Feb 10th

Paint Free Santee - Feb 10th

February 27th, 2013 by Josh

February 10th, nearly 100 climbers descended on the Santee boulder field in East County San Diego for a major paint removal.  I had managed to pull together help from Mesa Rim Climbing and Fitness Center, the Allied Climbers of San Diego, the University of San Diego, the city of Santee, and most importantly scores of community volunteers to eradicate as much graffiti as possible in a single day. More »

Voyage selon Gulliver, Grand Capucin

Voyage selon Gulliver, Grand Capucin

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February 17th, 2013 by Kostas

At the end of July, we got sick of the heat and humidity of Padova and boarded Enrico’s old motorhome for a trip to France. First stop was the famed crag of Ceuse, home of Biographie and other famous test pieces. Patrick Edlinger (RIP) didn’t have any money when he developed the crag; the result, highly technical and pumpy climbing on bullet-proof limestone and really spaced out bolts. Nothing like cruxing out way out from the last bolt, racing the pump clock to no avail… we gradually got used to the whippers and simply enjoyed the air time. More »

There and Back Again – Cyclorama Wall

There and Back Again - Cyclorama Wall

January 13th, 2013 by Josh

One evening at the gym, Josh approached me excited about some crazy trip he wanted to go on.  Apparently, all his usual climbing partners were otherwise engaged, and he realized that I, being a grad student, was infinitely available to drop everything, and disappear into the backcountry for over a week. On top of that, he knew I had recently finished my first 50 mile running race, so he assumed I was up to suffer.  It didn’t hurt that I apparently have a reputation for smiling a lot: I smile constantly when I’m uncomfortable, and I’m always uncomfortable at the gym because there’s a crazy group of guys, running around in colorful spandex, groping each other. So, given my perceived ability to suffer with a smile, Josh was convinced I would be a good partner. I tentatively agreed to go, and Josh emailed me a writeup by Galen Rowell describing our climbing objective. “Netherworld”? Ok, I was in.

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The Inception of BEYONDgear and the #adventure4good Campaign

The Inception of BEYONDgear and the #adventure4good Campaign

December 23rd, 2012 by Asa

BEYONDgear and the Centro de Escalada Urbana Climbing School in the favelas (slums) of Rio de Janeira

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Reflections, Privileges, and a Goal

Reflections, Privileges, and a Goal

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November 27th, 2012 by Dan

With the recent Thanksgiving holiday and the impending winter holidays, the time for reflection on the prior year is upon us. I’ve been wanting to write this for a few weeks now but have had mixed emotions since this has been simultaneously the most memorable and volatile year of my life. This year I bagged my dream job, met a wonderful woman, and finally graduated school before I turned 30, probably the most significant thing I will do with my life. Sadly, this year we also lost our friends Ben and Gil to their passion while in Peru. I miss them and think about them often, although I am even more saddened to say I never got to know Gil as well I could have. This year I also was diagnosed with bladder cancer. On my 30th birthday. I was rather shocked and disappointed.
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PHM3 Results and Photos

PHM3 Results and Photos

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November 4th, 2012 by Roberto

It was a story day, but our athlete seized the day as if lead into battle by Mel Gibson screaming “They can’t take our freedom!”  (it was raining in the movie Braveheart and it was raining in the canyon, no Mel Gibson at the race though) More »

The First Ascent of Astro-Gil, Tehipite Dome

The First Ascent of Astro-Gil, Tehipite Dome

November 1st, 2012 by Scotty

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3rd annual Pullharder.org Marathon Update

3rd annual Pullharder.org Marathon Update

October 12th, 2012 by Roberto

Hello all,

This post is an update about the forthcoming Pullharder.org marathon.  As you may, or may not, know this year’s race will be held in memory of our friends Ben Horne and Gil Weiss.  In this post I am including two things, first is a video of with images sampled from the internet as a tribute to Ben and Gil; Second, is all the pertinent information that you will need for this race. More »

A personal account of the search for Ben and Gil

A personal account of the search for Ben and Gil

August 9th, 2012 by Shay

Friends,

We recently received an email from Eric Tomczak, who was one of the original 3 members of the search and rescue team that went out to find Ben and Gil in Peru. We published his email below in its entirety along with his account of the search. More »

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