This week I'm skiing the Classic Haute Route, a ski tour that traverse the Alps from Chamonix, France to Zermatt, Switzerland. This ski tour crosses amazing scenery and is justifiably popular. Originally it was a summer route devised by members of the (English) Alpine Club and their French and Swiss guides, then first skied in 1911. Read all about it here: LINK.
National Geographic is putting its collection of the USGS 7.5 minute, 1:24,000 maps up for free and readily used on map apps like Avenza. I'm going to try it out, stay tuned!
Brendan wrote a brilliant piece with a basic premise: its time to stop stressing about getting the gear and focus on filling your summer weekends.
I can't imagine climbing 5.14. Hell, I can barely imagine climbing 5.12 (that's my goal). But earlier this year, 19 year-old Margo Hayes joined the elite 5.15 rank that you can count with less than 10 fingers when she was the first woman and the fifth climber overall to clip the chains on La Rambla, 5.15a. The expression on her face at the end says it all: