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…
Return to Red Rock Canyon
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…
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.