by Miranda Oakley At times I find myself despising the comfort of my own bed. Deep into the night my warm body lays pocketed between layers of smooth sheets and down comforters. My alarm goes off at 3:30 am, just a couple of hours after falling asleep. I laid awake for most of the night […]Read more "Alone on El Capitan"
Brooks-Range ambassador Alison Criscitiello and her expedition partner Anna Smith will set out on September 20th to attempt the West Ridge of Brahmasar II, an unclimbed route in the Garhwal region of the Indian Himalaya. With a solid list of secondary objectives, check back often to see updates from Alison as the two attempt to send […]Read more "Garhwal Expedition 2016"
Above: Ali on the first all-female ascent of Pinnacle Peak in the Himalaya. 📷: Rebecca Haspel Words by: Alison Criscitiello Anna and I are both keen explorers and adventurers, with a focus on bold and new ascents and traverses. This peak and route are appealing both for being as of yet unclimbed and for the aesthetics […]Read more "A Bold New Ascent: Setting Out for Garhwal"
I left in the middle of March for my annual heli ski guiding in Valdez, Alaska. I’ve been coming to Alaska for 13 years now, 10 of those have been working in the industry. Upon my arrival in AK this season, I was greeted with the open arms of El Niño. The storm door was […]Read more "What It’s Like to Be a Heli Ski Guide in the Summer"
Backcountry travel in bear country is a privilege. Seeing them in their natural habitat (and on their turf) is an invigorating experience, which is better understood from a safe distance. When we go on extended trips into their territory, it goes without saying that food storage is paramount for our own safety, as well as […]Read more "Out of Reach: Bear Smarts for Food Storage"
Words and photos courtesy of Alison Criscitiello 2016 has been an icy whirlwind thus far, and my favorite kind – ping ponging between polar ice core projects and oxygen-depleted climbing objectives. In the spring, I headed alone to the northernmost reaches of Ellesmere Island, where the Agassiz Ice Cap spills into Baffin Bay. I am leading […]Read more "Adventures to the Edge of the Earth"
Busy lives can yield big backcountry results if you do it right. Because discipline leads to freedom, we know that 9-to-5ers are versed in managing time if they expect to nail it on their weekend excursions. Knowing all the ins and outs of backcountry quick hits is beyond the scope of a blog post, but these […]Read more "The Weekend Warrior’s Way: How to Maximize Your Time Off"