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Traveling Iceland: A photo story

In From the world, Photography, Trip Report by AmandaDeJesusLeave a Comment

Iceland has quietly risen as a trendy destination for Americans. It’s easy to see why: the flights are cheap (if you pack light), the citizens speak English, and the sights are magical. There is something to satisfy any type of traveler in Iceland, from luxurious spas to remote volcano-heated pools. My journey to Iceland consisted of a five days with …

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Transitioning from the climbing gym to outdoor ratings at Joshua Tree

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My first foray into outdoor bouldering was a painful, ego crushing expedition. This was several years back, and — as is often the case — my troubles grew from my unrealistic expectations. I had been climbing at the local gym for a couple of months, and had spent a bit of time at the local sandstone bouldering spot, Pirate’s Cove, …

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A ski bum's guide to (kind of) functioning without skiing

In Camping, Featured, Hiking, Skiing, Trip Report, Winter by AudreyMorrisLeave a Comment

Winter is for skiing, no ifs, ands, or buts. Everyday without class is another glorious day to get up to the mountain and shred some runs with friends, mess around on tree trails, and gawk at all the hot skier boys absolutely sending it. Needless to say it’s one of my favorite seasons. This season, however, has been slightly lacking …

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Climbing the Diamond

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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 the weeks leading up to …