Better Days in the Backcountry: Know Before You Go
Did you know that you can preview your tour using GPX tracks imported to Google Earth? I find that this is a great way to get a clearer mental model for new terrain.
Better Days in the Backcountry: Aligned Partnership
The secret sauce to great days in the backcountry is alignment with your partner.
Better Days in the Backcountry: A series
A series about how to have more fun on each of your tours.
Become a More Savvy Backcountry Traveler: FOR FREE
I was recently introduced to the idea of becoming 1 percent better each day by the extraordinarily savvy Rob Coppolilo. If you get 1 percent better each day and you go out 30 days in a season, you could be 30 percent better by the end of your season! That’s huge!
Mallorie’s Nepal Beta: Trekking, Ama Dablam, Lobuche
For my first Himalayan foray, I wanted a route that was inspiring but known. Ama Dablam is exactly that. My primary goal with this trip was to learn about how to get around, how to manage expedition logistics, to learn what resources were and weren’t available to me.
Mal’s Mountain Yelp Reviews
Short, sweet, sarcastic little anecdotes about my alpine endeavors.
A Frozen Moment
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…
Just Say Yes
Recently, I learned what it feels like to be emotionally, interpersonally and spiritually malnourished. The feeling developed over the course of a year in which I failed to connect, I stopped feeling inspired and I felt like I had stopped growing. My ambitions toppled over. My opportunities felt like they’d dried up. My heart felt…
You know that feeling when you’re standing beneath a climb, when you’re trying to puzzle out the movements, when you start to wonder: Can I actually pull this off? Maybe it’s a project you’ve attempted several times before. Maybe it’s a string of long, strenuous pitches. Maybe it’s at your grade limit. Maybe it’s your…