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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…

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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…

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Saying goodbye to the Northeast, crag by crag, one chalk at a time.

  Some say we are like books: our lives are a composition of chapters, each one chronicling growth and change—my middle school graduation, moving across the world for college—while some chapters foreshadow adventures and dreams—being introduced to climbing, hearing a kick-ass female journalist speak—and few provide key highlights—accepting my dream internship—or deep sadness—saying semi-permanent goodbyes…

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Spring Break On a Dollar and a Dream

When March rolls around, one is faced with the predicament of how to spend the sacred time off known as Spring Break. I was drawn to a simple, and hopefully adventure filled plan. It all started with an unseasonably beautiful March day in Hamilton, NY.  Colgate students and faculty generally experience such long and frigid winters,…