Tag: Mallorie Estenson
Better Days in the Backcountry: Aligned Partnership
The secret sauce to great days in the backcountry is alignment with your partner.
For years, I told myself that I wasn’t going to visit Yosemite until I was a solid 5.11 climber. That was dumb.
I AM A CROC CLIMBER
I didn’t choose the Croc life, the Croc life chose me. #thecrocisticking
The Picket Range
“Because of the rugged terrain, the Picket Range has remained the wildest and most unexplored region in the North Cascades. It is not an area for the wilderness novice; its isolated bushy valleys and jagged ridges are a test for the most seasoned mountaineers. The length of climbs, combined with steep mixed terrain and variable…
Welcome to Alaska (aka Crevasse Whip)
The fall stopped just as quickly as it had started and I found myself slumped over, hanging in my harness deep inside a crevasse. I thought to myself: that’s quite the welcome to Alaska.
In my mind, I stand at a stony precipice looking down into inky blackness. Above me, the stars shine brightly, beautifully. All is quiet and well up there. I feel a gurgling inertia in my chest. I wish to slip into the darkness, sound into sleep, but the untamed faucet of my thoughts pounds my…
How to Bellingham
Step one: Buy a used Subaru and a Patagonia puffy jacket. These are staples around the City of Subdued Excitement. You will see them everywhere and without them, you’ll be sure to stand out. Even if you never, ever go to the mountains, at least you look like you can hang. Step two: Choose an…
Bellingham to Bishop
Step one: Unrequested week off from work. Step two: Round up some hooligans and pile them into your car. Step three: Hit the road to California.