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Diary of Yosemite’s Climber Stewards: On Patrol

Up to 3,000-foot vertical walls, 5,000 routes, 1,200 square miles, 150-180 days of climbing per year and two (count them) two full-time Yosemite climbing rangers. In this installment of the Diary of Yosemite’s Climber Stewards, Climbing Ranger Ben Doyle gets paid to climb El Cap in a day.

Dirtbaggery, Vol. 3: Surviving Thanksgiving Small Talk

When we meet people for the first time, we ask their name, and we ask them their job. And although I know climbers who’ve adopted unorthodox monikers such as Trout Man, Chongo, Coach or Alf, they have no trouble answering their names. The job category, that one’s often tougher. If you’re like me, you put on a sheepish grin and give a halfway-there explanation, and struggle until failure to explain what you’re doing with yourself and why.

Asolo Cholatse TH: A Well-Made Boot From Boot Country

Geography is a big determinant of destiny. So it’s only logical that Italy, a mountainous and boot-shaped country, would be home to many of the companies producing high-end footwear for our alpine endeavors. The nation with a centuries-old heritage of crafting fashionable and functional shoes is home to brands including La Sportiva, Scarpa, Kayland and the makers of my recently worn ice boots, Asolo.