Crag photos. Climbing stuff. Occasional vegan taco recipes.
Photo credit Ian Nicholson

"This spot in the park reminds me a bit of Massachusetts, so I come here when I’m feeling homesick.""What brought you to New York?""I’m not sure. I’m an artist, and I thought it would be good to create a situation where I feel out of place and slightly fearful. I feel like you can only draw inspiration from circumstances. Inspiration isn’t really something that you can sit around and extract from your psyche."

Not about climbing, but applies to climbing.


I went back through the photos from the Ruth Gorge and updated the gallery here.


Crevasse Rescue, Mt Rainier

The Mountaineers made a pretty great video explaining how to do this:
The more you know!
I Don’t Get This “First Female Ascent” Thing

I honestly cringe a little bit every time I hear the term. Especially when it’s applied to a woman who is actually just the second or third ascensionist of a route. Sure, climbing continues to be a male dominated sport, but the earliest female climber we have record of is a mountaineer known as “Miss Parminter,” who was exploring the alps in the 1790’s. So I guess it seems telling that, although there have undoubtedly been “first male ascents” in the span of climbing history and women’s participation isn’t recent, this is not “a thing” the way “first female ascents” are. Am I the only one who feels like there is some implication that an FFA is newsworthy because it’s somehow more of an achievement or more difficult for women to climb, or that it isn’t as prestigious or worthwhile for a man to make the second ascent of a route put up by a woman? Why do we have this term, and what does it really mean? The climbing community is also predominantly Caucasian - but the idea of making a big deal out of “first African-American ascents” or something feels like it carries some pretty uncomfortable insinuations (and, notably, we don’t do so). Why are FFA’s different? I am all for highlighting and celebrating the achievements of female climbers, but this FFA thing seems like a pretty arbitrary and clumsy way to go about it. 


Rock climbing overlo

Me closing in on the top of Saddle Sores at Maverick Buttress, 5.10 crack. SO fun. Turns into off-width after the wacos.

Ama Dablam (From my Archive) - By Freddie Ardley Photography


Katie Lambert on Moonlight Buttress, 5.12d, Zion National Park

(via Katie Lambert Free Climbs Moonlight Buttress)

(via twothirdsclimbing)


Casanova (5.11-) on The Phallus, Windy Point, Arizona
photo: Dan Heacock