SKAGIT ALPINISM

Begguya North Butress Solo Ascent

June 1st, 2017

For the time being, the story of this climb will be hosted on the Patagonia blog, The Cleanest Line: http://www.patagonia.com/blog/2017/06/begguya-north-buttress-solo/   I have uploaded a nice, big selection of photos here for those that are curious, since the version on the Patagonia blog includes just a few, and eventually will copy the story here as well.

The line that I soloed on Begguya. It is roughly 2000 meters of elevation gain from the bergschrund to the summit.

Patagonia 2016 – A Dud

January 26th, 2017

[Editor’s note: This was now written more than three weeks ago, on Dec. 31] I’m beginning to write this blog post on an airplane from El Calafate to Buenos Aires, on my way back to the northern hemisphere, after three weeks in the Chaltén Massif of Patagonia. I had planned for a big and hopefully fruitful Patagonia climbing season, trying to keep the momentum from the very successful season I had one year ago. I […]

Tony nearing the end of the couloir portion of the Supercanaleta.

Expedition to Kun, Northwestern Himalaya

September 1st, 2016

I spent the month of July in the far northwestern Indian Himalaya, climbing with Jed Brown, with whom I’ve done a bunch of good climbing, but with whom I hadn’t climbed in many years. Going off some tips from friends and some limited research, we travelled to the Zanskar region to try Kun (7,077m). Our hope was to acclimatize on Kun’s normal route, the east ridge, and then climb the mountain again via steeper, more […]

Jed on Kun's normal route, for our first time.

My first Skimo Race – Tour du Rutor 2016

August 14th, 2016

Here’s a rather tardy blog post about my first ski-mountaineering race, last April in Arvier, Italy, told partially by myself, and partially by my partner in crime, infamous trail runner Jenn Shelton. COLIN: I had never done a ski mountaineering race before. Jenn had just started learning how to ski. I didn’t own the right clothes, the right backpack, the right poles. Then Jenn fractured her fibula… I figured the race was off, but Jenn […]

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Infinite Spur Laps

June 8th, 2016

This blog post is dedicated to my good friend and longtime climbing partner, Mark Westman. I first met Mark in 2001 at Seattle’s Vertical World (the country’s first climbing gym), during Dale Remsberg’s birthday party. I was just a sixteen-year-old highschool kid, but already completely obsessed with alpine climbing, and I had heard stories about the Infinite Spur from my mentor Mark Bunker, who had gone to attempt it once. I knew that Mark Westman […]

Rob climbing up the side of the "Ice Rib."