Thursday, July 23, 2009

We Support Climb for Captives

A fun way to show that you support the Climb for Captives mission is to make a sign saying so (indicating in parenthesis your location). Then, go to an intriguing place and snap a photo. Click here to see detailed instructions about how to participate as well as current photos while they come in from supporters all over the globe.

On this pre-dawn training hike for Mt. Rainier we took a steep and fast ascent up The Chimneys in the Smoky Mountains. It's always a good haul wearing my 3lb (each) Scarpa mountaineering boots. The rumors you've heard about the boots are true. Yes, it's true. They are pink. That's been confirmed. (photo below to prove it).

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Climb for Captives - Get Involved!

Visit our Climb for Captives website immediately (just launched today!). When I'm back home, I will inform you much more about this Aug 14-16 mission. For now, peruse the site, be informed, get involved, and spread the word about one of the greatest joys of my whole year. We'll climb Mt. Rainier (Seattle, WA) for the FREEDOM of 18 young girls currently in slavery in Mumbai, India. Yes. Slavery. Take a minute to get involved, and with this sobering reality in your heart, have a joyful 4th of July!

Select "full screen" mode. Click "play." Then, click "HQ" to view the video in higher quality.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Tetons - Teewinot Sunrise Climb

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Thanks to a midnight start, I witnessed a stunning sunrise about 5:30am over Teton valley from a few hundred feet below the summit of Teewinot mountain. I encountered a bit of sleet in the night, but by breakfast, at the summit, I enjoyed blue-bird skies and views all around. Many breath-taking sunrise images to come in a couple days. I can't wait to share them! But for now it's off to bed. Fourteen hours on a mtn has worn me out. It's been a memorable last day climbing the Tetons, and it was complete with the gift of our most remarkable sunrise all month. Tomorrow Ill begin the trek home to Tennessee.

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My route up Teewinot this morning.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Tetons - Bison and Solar Power

Today, Will and I stalked a bison in Hayden Valley...

... and photographed an historic installment of the first solar panels at the Climber's Ranch.

That's Chuck (donor) and John (ranch manager) celebrating their two years of hard work made visible.

Tetons - South Teton

On the Summit!

The view across Garnet Canyon while descending South Teton.