Perseverance

  By Jessica Baker A young girl, I was slow to learn how to ride a bicycle. My training wheels were attached to my two-wheel for two years longer than most of my peers. Although devastated, I was determined to make it work. Hours, days, months, were spent trying to balance on two wheels, only […]

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WORK FUELS MY TRAINING

WORK FUELS MY TRAINING By Meredith Edwards, 3.25.14   Hard day at work yesterday.   Cindy (not her real name) is nine, tiny, and from an abusive house hold. When I arrived she was standing in front of a wall, repeatedly head butting it as hard as she could.   Three of us alternated restraining […]

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Why I Train at MTI

By Meredith Edwards   This summer will be my second year of real training at the Mountain Tactical Institute. I first trained at this facility in the summer of 2008. Back then I was a scattered, ski bum, unsure of what I wanted. I was afraid of lifting heavy, and still searching for my athletic […]

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Fear

  By Mattie Sheafor Fear and I have an uneasy alliance. The sick feeling in my stomach is uncomfortable, but facing it has always proved beneficial, even productive to me, in the long run. Climbing is the sport I use to shine light in the dark corners.  There is a familiar cadence to this sport […]

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AMBITION

AMBITION By Christian Santelices   It was an audacious plan – to climb twenty of the Fifty Classic Climbs of North America, a list of the fifty best climbs based on aesthetics and history compiled by Allen Steck and Steve Roper. My good friend Hans Florine got a hold of the book and originally thought […]

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PROFESSIONALISM

PROFESSIONALISM By Andy Bardon   Climbing was a major part of my life for a number of years before I was asked to join a guide service. I would hit the road for weeks on end pushing myself both physically and mentally to attain personal goals with only intrinsic rewards. No money, sponsors, or recognition. […]

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EFFORT

EFFORT By Angela Hawse   Imagine the effort it takes to climb Mt. Everest.  Weeks of acclimatizing in ever thinning air above Base Camp at 18,000’.  Going up and down.  Deteriorating physically from too many days at altitude and mentally taxed from the hazardous Khumbu Icefall and covering the same terrain again and again.  Wondering […]

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Mountain Leadership

by Rob Hess    As mountain athletes, leadership is something that is at the heart of all our endeavors and interactions with ourselves and others. We are lucky to live in an environment of exceptional people with exceptional character. As we travel around the country/world on our various pursuits we must be mindful of the […]

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DISCIPLINE

DISCIPLINE By McKenzie Long    I stood in a little rock alcove, looking out at a number two cam wedged in a crack that traversed out of a big roof. The cheerful yellow metal was taunting me. I hate roofs. But I had to go out there, clean the cam and pull the roof. I’d […]

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