White Crystals Crack (5.7, 600′) – Beehive Basin, MT

On our trip up to Beehive Peak a few weeks ago, Sarah and I hiked by a really cool formation and decided we wanted to climb it at some point. The only information I could find was that it was called the Prow, and it had a single route on it: White Crystals Crack. The … Continue reading White Crystals Crack (5.7, 600′) – Beehive Basin, MT

The Original Route (5.10, 700′) – Beehive Peak, MT

This past weekend, Sarah and I got on the hardest alpine climb we've done yet: The Original Route (aka Javaman, 5.10, 5 pitches, 700'), on the south face of Beehive Peak near Big Sky, MT. After failing in the Bridgers the week before, we were both feeling a bit down, but still wanted to get … Continue reading The Original Route (5.10, 700′) – Beehive Peak, MT

Sacred Hunting Grounds (5.9+, ~550′) – Bridger Mountains, MT

On Independence Day, Sarah and I decided to try Sacred Hunting Grounds, a climb up the Red Cloud wall of the Bridger Mountains. It's close to home, allowing a fairly casual day trip. On the drive out, we were in lots holiday traffic, and we wondered if there would be any parking left at the … Continue reading Sacred Hunting Grounds (5.9+, ~550′) – Bridger Mountains, MT

The Ramp (5.8, 750′) – Beartooth Mountains, MT

Yesterday, Sarah and I kicked off our alpine rock climbing season by doing The Ramp, a 5 pitch (750') 5.8 trad climb in the East Rosebud Canyon area of the Beartooth mountains here in Montana. It was a great way to work out some of the winter kinks in our multi-pitch climbing and get psyched … Continue reading The Ramp (5.8, 750′) – Beartooth Mountains, MT

Failure and Success – What Climbing Taught Me About Writing (Essay)

Base camp at Cottonwood Lake in the Crazy Mountains. The Dogtooth and Incisor make up the central skyline. Being an independent author forces you to find your own metrics for the success of your writing. I don't have an agent or publisher telling me how great (or not) my work is, but thankfully, I do … Continue reading Failure and Success – What Climbing Taught Me About Writing (Essay)