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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Everything Gets Better

Above: Brenton Exploring in Teton National Park, earlier this winter. By Rob Shaul, 3.14.14 Brenton Reagan is an Exum Guide, Marmot Athlete, and a long time athlete of mine. A week ago he was promoted to Backcountry Guide at the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, which is an awesome accomplishment by itself, and especially an individual […]

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TEAMWORK

TEAMWORK By Trish McGuire   When I first began climbing, I would climb with anyone I could find – people I met at the gym, a coffee shop, even online. I didn’t care who it was, as long as someone was there to belay me. I was simply looking for someone to make climbing possible, […]

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THE STRENGTH BUFFER

by Rob Shaul   Perhaps the best thing we can do for our athletes is build into them a strength “buffer” against injury. I’ve yet to see a published study which investigates the link between strength and durability but I’m convinced it’s huge. Here is the equation I use for Durability: Durability = 80% Relative […]

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FOCUS

FOCUS By Brenton Reagan   Climbing has taught me how to stay focused in the moment. Climbing goals and Expeditions have taught me how to stay focused over the long term.   What does it take to stay focused in the moment when you are hanging on really tight, pumped and scared?   Staying relaxed […]

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WHY NOT DO SOMETHING BIG?

WHY NOT DO SOMETHING BIG? By Rob Shaul   On March 25, 2014 our athletes Pip Hunt and Natalie Segal will depart with other team members for Iceland, where they will board a sail boat, and depart for the west coast of Greenland for their Shifting Ice and Changing Tides expedition.   Shifting Ice + Changing […]

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