Category Archives: Mountaineering

Old Age Ain’t for Sissies

H. L. Mencken once observed that old age ain’t no place for sissies. Since I turned 60 in July, I wrote something for an Ohio publication on advancing years — more specifically, on refusing to spend the rest of your life … Continue reading

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Mount Eiger, Matterhorn, Mont Blanc: Alps Trilogy

Germans call it Mordwand: a sheer, 13,025-foot “death wall.” Since 1935, more than 60 people have perished trying to get up the north face of Mount Eiger. So, of course, that went on my list of “gotta do” climbs. Continue reading

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127 Hours: Aron Ralston Movie Review

Could you do it? Would you do it? Cut off your arm to save your life? Of course you would. Because at our most vulnerable, and our most heroic, we all have the grit. It may take a while to summon the courage. We may fight the idea of doing what we know we must. But in the end, we’ll take on even the hardest thing when it means survival. That’s at least part of what “127 Hours” is about: having the cojones to do what you must even when it’s unthinkable. Continue reading

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