Climbing
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Climbing the Diamond

The Diamond of Long’s Peak is a truly impressive wall. Rising 1,700 feet from Chasm Lake, the face demands attention. Living in Estes Park over the summer, I couldn’t stop thinking about it. Visible from town, the wall drew me in, a taunting figure at the edge of my mind whispering, “come if you dare.” In…

Editorial
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9 Instagrams You Should Follow If You Love the Outdoors

Instagram can be a dangerous procrastination tool but also a huge source of inspiration. There are so many different accounts posting beautiful photos of the wilderness. A quick glance at a photo or two can easily turn into an hour long wanderlust session. From rock climbing in Colorado to trekking through the wild Amazon rainforest,…

Camping
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A Vegan’s Guide to Backpacking

This summer I decided to commit to a vegan diet. It has been an exciting journey of searching for fun recipes, but also a journey of making sure I am getting the right nutrients. As I prepared for my first backpacking trip of the summer, I came across the issue of what food to pack….

Camping
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Climbing Huayna Potosi

Between 3:12 a.m. and 5:03 a.m. I struggled mentally, trudging through thick snow in silence. We approached the first technical ice wall where I paused, near-vertical on the side of the cliff, and looked down at the clouds circling below. Saturated with the moon’s purple-maroon hues and carrying traces of a lingering thunderstorm, the nebula…

Climbing
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A Muggle’s Guide to Climbing Jargon

Ever find yourself listening to climbers talk with each other and feel a bit like the odd antelope out at the watering hole? Sure, they might be speaking English but it definitely doesn’t seem like it when every other word sounds made-up. Beta? Biners?? Bears!?! Oh my. Okay, maybe “bears” isn’t actually climbing lingo, but…