Mallorie Estenson is an alpine guide, climber, writer and skier living in the Pacific Northwest. She’s known for her passionate love of climbing and her rambunctious sense of humor. To keep her priorities in order, she tattooed: What Would Fred Beckey Do? to the inside of her arm. She’s known for unusual choices in climbing footwear and once appeared in a short film about Croc climbing. In her professional life, she aspires to obtain IFMGA certification through the American Mountain Guide Association and savors any opportunity to empower women with mountain skills.

  • Late Stage Quarantine

    April 27, 2020 by

    At one point, I discovered that I could crawl out of a window and onto the top of my house. Standing there in a slight breeze, I felt a simulated sense of what it’s like to summit a mountain.

  • A Frozen Moment

    February 5, 2020 by

    I tried to place a screw in thick ice covered by a layer of slush. The screw wouldn’t go in. I tried a second screw. And this is how I simultaneously clogged and eliminated two screws from my rack. When I realized that I wasn’t going to get a screw where I wanted one, I willed myself to climb higher to find a better placement.

  • Return to Red Rock Canyon

    November 18, 2019 by

    After my first season of learning how to climb outside, I visited Red Rock Canyon. A couple of friends and I piled into my Dodge Durango and we made the epic voyage south. Here’s a short list of the things that I did wrong on that first trip: zero trip planning, zero climbing with my… Read more

  • Yosemite

    November 12, 2019 by

    For years, I told myself that I wasn’t going to visit Yosemite until I was a solid 5.11 climber. That was dumb.

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