ADK 46: Giant Mountain and Rocky Peak Ridge

As I've gotten more into hiking and mountaineering, my inner video gamer is drawn to arbitrarily defined sets of objectives. I recently read Ed Viesturs' book No Shortcuts to the Top about climbing all 14 mountains in the world with peaks more than 8,000 meters above sea level (a feat I have no plans to accomplish), …

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Multipitch Climbing in Smugglers’ Notch

On September 2, Albert Benson and I climbed for the first time in Smugglers' Notch. We started on The Diagonal, a two-pitch climb, then did three of the four pitches on the classic Quartz Crack. We’ve both been climbing for eight months — much of that together — and practicing all of the skills we …

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