Six Feet to Lie Down In

There is no denying that alpinists play an important role in addressing climate change.  We speak with one voice because we’ve seen its effects on the alpine firsthand – the glaciers receding, the ice disappearing, weather patterns becoming increasingly unpredictable.  And we’ve spent time with some of the people who are most affected – mountain villages whose local economies and way of life are forever altering, where infrastructure is being damaged by increasing rockfall and water supply is becoming less secure. We know that climate change is making our pursuits in the mountains riskier — more avalanches, more collapsing formations, more rockfall from crumbling faces. The Lyell Glacier that I climbed — once considered the second largest in the Sierras — has lost over 60% of its surface area since 1990.  Within thirteen years, it stagnated and ceased downhill movement.  In effect, the glacier died and ceased being glacier. There is no denying the severity of the changes we see when we’re out there. We know it’s real.  And we continue the good fight. #ActOnClimate #EarthDay #alpinism View Larger

There is no denying that alpinists play an important role in addressing climate change. We speak with one voice because we’ve seen its effects on the alpine firsthand – the glaciers receding, the ice disappearing, weather patterns becoming increasingly unpredictable. And we’ve spent time with some of the people who are most affected – mountain villages whose local economies and way of life are forever altering, where infrastructure is being damaged by increasing rockfall and water supply is becoming less secure. We know that climate change is making our pursuits in the mountains riskier — more avalanches, more collapsing formations, more rockfall from crumbling faces. The Lyell Glacier that I climbed — once considered the second largest in the Sierras — has lost over 60% of its surface area since 1990. Within thirteen years, it stagnated and ceased downhill movement. In effect, the glacier died and ceased being glacier. There is no denying the severity of the changes we see when we’re out there. We know it’s real. And we continue the good fight. #ActOnClimate #EarthDay #alpinism


"There is something I am seeking that can only be found on a mountaintop. I find it there and I lose it again when I descend. But I can always find it so long as I am willing to climb." - M. Ward, "The Beckoning Boots" | A few months from now, I will return to the #mountains. This time to the new, fascinating range of the #Alps, the #MontBlanc Massif. There is something about #Europe that has been beckoning me. I miss #climbing in the night. | Regram from #alpineexposures View Larger

"There is something I am seeking that can only be found on a mountaintop. I find it there and I lose it again when I descend. But I can always find it so long as I am willing to climb." - M. Ward, "The Beckoning Boots" | A few months from now, I will return to the #mountains. This time to the new, fascinating range of the #Alps, the #MontBlanc Massif. There is something about #Europe that has been beckoning me. I miss #climbing in the night. | Regram from #alpineexposures


"I prefer the winter and fall, when you feel the bone structure of the landscape…Something waits beneath it, the whole story doesn’t show."  - A. Wyeth | #tbt to the strange landscapes of glaciated mountains under an eerie light #nofilter View Larger

"I prefer the winter and fall, when you feel the bone structure of the landscape…Something waits beneath it, the whole story doesn’t show." - A. Wyeth | #tbt to the strange landscapes of glaciated mountains under an eerie light #nofilter


"Taken together, our #energy policy is creating jobs and leading to a cleaner, safer planet. Over the past eight years, the United States has reduced our total carbon pollution more than any other nation on Earth. But we have to act with more urgency – because a changing #climate is already harming western communities struggling with #drought, and coastal cities dealing with floods. That’s why I directed my Administration to work with states, utilities, and others to set new standards on the amount of carbon pollution our power plants are allowed to dump into the air. The shift to a cleaner energy economy won’t happen overnight, and it will require tough choices along the way. But the debate is settled. #Climatechange is a fact. And when our children’s children look us in the eye and ask if we did all we could to leave them a safer, more stable world, with new sources of energy, I want us to be able to say yes, we did." President Obama, 2014 State of the Union #SOTU View Larger

"Taken together, our #energy policy is creating jobs and leading to a cleaner, safer planet. Over the past eight years, the United States has reduced our total carbon pollution more than any other nation on Earth. But we have to act with more urgency – because a changing #climate is already harming western communities struggling with #drought, and coastal cities dealing with floods. That’s why I directed my Administration to work with states, utilities, and others to set new standards on the amount of carbon pollution our power plants are allowed to dump into the air. The shift to a cleaner energy economy won’t happen overnight, and it will require tough choices along the way. But the debate is settled. #Climatechange is a fact. And when our children’s children look us in the eye and ask if we did all we could to leave them a safer, more stable world, with new sources of energy, I want us to be able to say yes, we did." President Obama, 2014 State of the Union #SOTU