“People who don’t climb ask what it’s like to find yourself on a mountain. They imagine a spiritual place, some ethereal journey bookmarked with prayer flags and picturesque Sherpa children and lean, wind-hardened people gazing into the distance wearing name-brand parks. You don’t find yourself on a mountain, I tell them. Mountains and beautiful and hash and wild, yes, but mountains are also both more and less than most people imagine them to be.”
—”Thoughts on Mountains and Love,” Stay Wild. Spring 2017.
“Each breath burned. As we trudged up the glacier, I trade our route of ascent with my eyes: milky blue ice, undulating in every direction.”
“The lines between gear and fashion are increasingly blurred. Big outdoor brands are launching heritage lines. Stylish twenty-somethings dress like Swedish men from the forties. Companies in Portland, Oregon and Maine are specifically designing products to be heavier, more durable, less modern. Waxed canvas is big. In autumn 2013, Marie Claire dressed models in L.L. Bean. We’re sentimental for a more-authentic time that—in truth—we have never known.”