This is a nice little interview between the American Alpine Journal and Conrad Anker about our recent trip to Antarctica.
Honestly, I'm just excited that the AAJ is branching out into digital media and podcasting. I've always loved seeing the print Journal each year; I'm glad they're keeping it modern as well.
In 2016 @thenorthface started measuring the carbon emissions of athlete expeditions - our Antarctica expedition this winter marks the first time that those emissions are all being offset through a tree planting project with The Conservation Fund. I personally have been offsetting my travel through @mossy.earth but I’m excited that The North Face as a brand is also trying to lower its impact on the world.
It’s easy to criticize offsets in various ways, but my basic feeling is... that we shouldn’t let perfect be the enemy of good. Carbon offsets aren’t a perfect solution, but it’s always better to do something than to do nothing and then complain about how helpless we are to affect positive change in the world.
I’m glad that The North Face is offsetting all expeditions moving forward. Certainly a great first step.
@jimmy_chin photo of @conrad_anker up high on Ulvetanna from #tnfantarctica17.
This is a great interview with Adam Ondra about his first flash of a 9a+ [5.15a]. Kind of crazy that we now live in a world where humans [sorta...] can climb 5.15 on their first try. I remember when Chris Sharma climbed Realization and called it the world's first 5.15a - it was a huge deal for climbing. Hard to believe that standards have changes so much in the last 17 years. Big respect to Adam!
This is a great article about two strong women recently sending the historic route Necessary Evil [5.14c/8c+]. As someone who's tried the route on and off over the years and never done it I can certainly appreciate the difficulty. Way to go Paige Claassen and Michaela Kiersch!
As Paige says: “Climbing is becoming obsolete for men. I think it’s going to become a women’s-only sport.”
I assume she's joking, but pretty classic!
I’m getting psyched for the Valley this spring. Been spending a lot of time training in the gym and working in various ways - I can’t wait to get back to big, inspiring walls. @bradgobright and Jim Reynolds broke the Nose speed record last season - might have to revisit the Nose a bit... and looking forward to finishing a free project with @sonnietrotter.
There’s nothing more inspiring than Yosemite!
So last year The U.S. spent a record $300 billion on weather related damages - basically the same amount that we spent on education.
That just feels like such an unfortunate waste of human resources. In a world without yearly record weather events we could invest twice as much in education. Or whatever else we wanted to improve our lives rather than just scrambling to keep up with a changing world.
I'm always seeing the headlines about record forest fires in CA or hurricanes devastating the East Coast - I've never really thought about the total. 10 years ago I was reading books about climate change and what it would be doing to our world. This is it. It's happening.
This is awesome. I'd seen it a long time ago but just stumbled upon it again - so classic. All the insanity and greatness of British climbing.
Such an intense little film. Way to go Pete Whittaker.
Big thanks to @jenniloweanker and @conrad_anker for showing us such a good time in the Great White North. Still not converted to snow sports but we had a great time - a nice trip to @yellowstonenps, some casual ice climbing, and two awesome ski days. Now back to sport climbing...
My sister shared this essay with me the other day and I found it to be great writing.
It made me think a lot about online commentary. I see so much cynicism in comments [and I'm sometimes guilty of excessive cynicism or an overly nonchalant attitude myself...]
"Finding fault and feeling hopeless about improving the situation produces resignation — cynicism is both resignation’s symptom and a futile self-protection mechanism against it. Blindly believing that everythin...g will work out just fine also produces resignation, for we have no motive to apply ourselves toward making things better. But in order to survive — both as individuals and as a civilization — and especially in order to thrive, we need the right balance of critical thinking and hope."
Anyway, this was one of those essays that really makes me appreciate good writing and leaves me with a renewed sense of hope about the world.
@cedarwright has been posting all these ridiculously long stories about the things we climbed in Antarctica that are dramatic and slightly overstated. I prefer a simple caption for such a stark, simple place: two friends skiing home after a long, character building day out. @thenorthface @jimmy_chin pic. #tnfantarctica17
Outside Magazine recently ran this article about the gut bacteria inside various adventure athletes. It doesn't show anything super conclusive, though it does show that active folks with reasonably healthy diets have a very different gut biome than the average American. Which isn't super surprising.
I've been vegetarian for 5 years now I think - I stopped eating meat because I wanted to limit my environmental impact in the easiest way I knew how. I was also aware of the implications for my personal health and the ethics of killing other creatures, but the environmental benefits of a vegetarian diet were most important to me. 5 years later I feel like I'm still on a good path.
For everyone telling me to stick to climbing - here’s a climbing pic. And here’s something else to think about: sometimes standing up for your convictions can be harder than overcoming physical fear. Being at the Women’s March made me appreciate the uphill struggle that so many marginalized communities face. They are courageous in a way that I can’t imagine, the least I can do is support their struggle for equality. All humans have the same inherent dignity and rights. Sure, some signs at the rally might be offensive. Some might even be vulgar. But who cares?! Freedom of speech is one of the things that makes this country great but too many people have had to wait far too long to be heard. I, for one, was glad for the opportunity to go and listen.