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Tales of Vertical Trails

Better Together Part II

Better Together Part II

I processed the loss of Andrew and Nate differently than many people. I surrounded myself with a safety net and kept my feet moving. During the days after the accident it was amazing to watch the climbing community surround Andrew and Nate’s partners with love and care. $58,932 was donated to help their loved ones move through the grieving process and get on their feet.

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(Un)finished Business – Finished!

(Un)finished Business – Finished!

After wrapping up the work on Happy People Crag, Liz and I decided it was time to get back on Unfinished Business. I was feeling strong, and I had found an opportunity to make a few minor changes to Unfinished Business on a recent cleaning pass.

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Happy People Crag

Happy People Crag

I am always on the lookout for crags where everything comes together. A short approach, good sun exposure, protection from the wind, and a flat base need to be paired with good rock quality for this to occur.

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No Lights On Fridays

No Lights On Fridays

Ethan Woodside had been eyeing up a line on Mount Abraham, and I needed a break from hanging in my harness. So we loaded up our packs with bolts and a trad rack and headed up to the base of a wonderful ramp. This was the beginning of No Lights On Fridays

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Mandalore

Mandalore

The saga continued during the late October days. I caught myself finding any and every excuse to head up and work on Unfinished Business. As winter came I was getting closer, but needed to hit the gym and do one more bolting pass before the route would be completed.

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Know When To Fold ‘Em

Know When To Fold ‘Em

Some days in the mountains are just really fun. There are other days that you only remember as fun, after the fact. When I climb with Phil, it’s almost always a combination of the two.

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Ultimate Nordegg Thing

Ultimate Nordegg Thing

Liz Taylor and I had some time in the West Country with no work and no younglings. It was summer, the days were long, and we had a vision. For twelve years I had hoped to climb a route on the completely untouched southwest shields of Mount Abraham.

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Bloody Coleslaw

Bloody Coleslaw

Early in the Spring of 2023, I was teaching a private rock rescue day with Paul Woloschuk and Tanner Chell when a scrappy looking solo climber rolled up to the crag. At this point, I didn’t really know Per Vermoland all that well.

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(Un)finished Business I

(Un)finished Business I

In the Spring of 2021, Liz Taylor and I enjoyed a number of days bolting a route which became my nemesis (Unfinished Business). We bolted anchors, cleaned, scrubbed and rappelled the ten pitches of fun, but challenging climbing.

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Breast Is Best (M7+)

Breast Is Best (M7+)

As the spring of 2023 arrives, I can’t help but reminisce. Three years ago this spring, the world felt like a very different place. It was the beginning of ‘the pandemic’ and we were all unsure about…everything. After two weeks of lockdown, all the climbers in the world began to lose their sanity a bit. That is when Andrew Abel reached out to me and asked if I was interested in sneaking out to Nordegg for a bit of development and top rope ice and mixed climbing.

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Whirlpool & Lookout Slabs

Whirlpool & Lookout Slabs

Spring of 2022 brought new energy and I was excited to develop. Unfinished Business was definitely on my mind. I convinced Phil Bietz to head west and give it a cleaning pass with me. Unfortunately, the weather was much poorer than forecast at Freyja Wall, so we had to revert to our plan B.

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Better Together

Better Together

Starstruck was the last route I developed with Andrew in the spring of 2020. He continued to add ‘Wet Like Willy’ and ‘Dumbo’ later that season. During the winter of 2021 Andrew spent a lot of time developing Mythos Crag. As the Spring of 2021 arrived it had been a while since we had been bolting together. We had a vision to add a new route on Freyja Wall and timing finally lined up for us to get after it.

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Starstruck Part II

Starstruck Part II

The next week, Andrew and I were guiding a trip up the Via Ferrata in the morning and we happened to finish up around 1pm. We looked at each other as our guests departed. No words were spoken, bolts were loaded, and we were off. An hour later we were at our high point on Starstruck and establishing the finish to pitch 6.

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Starstruck (Frejya Wall)

Starstruck (Frejya Wall)

While helping Mike Adolph with his enormous project of building ‘From Nordegg With Love’ I had gotten a good look at the Massif adjacent to it. I was constantly drawn to this wall, and now conditions for an attempt were just right.

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Interested in learning to climb, or go out with an ACMG climbing guide?

The Fox Via Ferrata

The Fox Via Ferrata

This amazing via ferrata climbing route gives intermediate hikers access to a rock climbing experience.

This amazing via ferrata climbing route gives intermediate hikers access to a rock climbing experience – scaling a 500 foot cliff with safety and enjoyment

No experience required
Cost: $149 per person

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From Nordegg With Love

From Nordegg With Love

This amazing via ferrata climbing route gives you an opportunity to scale a huge mountain face.

You can expect to be challenged and feel some real exposure on this route. This via ferrata is extreme at times. Climb through exposed overhanging rock while scaling a 600 foot cliff.

Climbing ‘The Fox’ with comfort
COST: $198 PER PERSON

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Double Trouble Via Ferrata Adventure

Double Trouble Via Ferrata Adventure

A via ferrata combo that is highly adventurous!

This amazing via ferrata double header allows you to climb two via ferrata routes in one day! These climbing routes give you an opportunity to scale two huge mountain faces. You can expect to be challenged and feel some real exposure.

Climbing 5.9 at the climbing gym
COST: $306 PER PERSON

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Try Rock

Try Rock

Join us for an unforgettable experience of climbing a real rock cliff in the mountains.

The full day adventure allows you time to learn to climb with coaching in technical skills like footwork, balance, and fluid movement. You will also get a rare opportunity to take in views very few have experienced!

No Experience Required.
Cost: $149 per person

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Cline Tarns Heli-Alpine Camp

Cline Tarns Heli-Alpine Camp

Helicopter access! All inclusive alpine climbing from high camp! These are some of the most amazing climbing adventures.

Immerse yourself in the experience of camping in high places and climbing routes that would be otherwise out of reach.

Basic alpine skills, comfort with backpacking and tent sleeping
Cost: $1799 Per Person

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Spring Into Rock

Spring Into Rock

Launch your rock climbing season with this value packed three in one climbing course.

Set yourself up for success this spring. We will complete three courses in four days, along with getting in a ton of climbing experience. Check the boxes on Rock Safe, Lead Rock, and Trad Leader!

Rock Leader and 10+ days of outdoor lead climbing experience
COST: $863 PER PERSON

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