Meet Riley Ruff! Riley was named the CMC's 'Young Climber of the Year' earlier this fall. She loves tackling new routes outside, enjoys pushing her boundaries at the crag, and has been volunteering with our Youth Education Program for the past year. Riley is a reminder to us all of the youthful love for wild spaces and the joy that they bring. She wants to leave a legacy of preservation, ensuring that the mountains that have given her so much life can do the same for the generations to come. You can help preserve the Rockies and grow your own legacy by giving to the CMC through the link in our bio.
Day 6 | Dingboche to Chukhung | 4730m | 6km, +455m.
This is the only photo I snap today, as for the first time I’m really feeling the altitude. I wouldn’t call it so much a headache as my brain feeling like it’s trying to escape out of my skull. I only pass two other groups today, along with this stone house that has many yaks grazing outside. I’m kneeling close to try to fit both this yak and the mountain behind in the frame, when a very tanned Nepali man comes out of the house and starts yelling at me in Nepalese. Fuck, just get up and keep walking.
I arrive at the lodge two hours later. I’m off the main EBC trek now, and now it’s quiet. Mostly solo travelers, nearly everyone is suffering in their own way. Some from altitude, some sick from the food, some from exhaustion, and other ailments like blisters and sunburns and the biting cold of the long nights.
I meet an Israeli named Tomer and a Brit named Seb and we play cards until the furnace goes out in the dining room and it’s time to wrap up in my sleeping bag for another freezing night. Way above the treeline now, there’s only rock and ice.
Two years ago if you would have told me I could do 20+ hour weeks and work a job I would’ve called you crazy. Well I’m here now and it’s totally feasible! Plus more miles= more cookies I can sneak in 😎🍪
BEYOND MALIBU. This is a plug. Beyond is a wilderness camp of Young Life. Every summer we take hundreds of kids from around the country, most of whom have never gone backpacking (or even camping) before, and turn them into mountaineers as we journey up 7 different peaks in the Coastal Range of British Columbia, one of the most beautiful places on planet Earth. Beyond Malibu is FANTASTIC. It is LIFE CHANGING - for the campers, and for the staff. I don’t throw that around lightly. In fact, for some reason, going into this last summer I was a little worried that I wouldn’t let myself grow from the program as much as I heard everybody say I could. But somewhere in the mix of being physically whipped from long days, emotionally drained from communicating the Truth and loving campers as best as I could, mentally strained from navigating around crevasses on glaciers that could gobble me up and my lil homies, seeing sights that cannot be justified with words or photos, and being exhilarated with deep happiness from a simple lifestyle and honest community... growth happened. Learning happened. I was challenged in ways I hadn’t ever been previously and was forced to confront things about myself that I’d simply rather not. SO, if this pricks your ears, if you are looking to serve somewhere this next summer and you want to do something difficult that WILL tickle your soul, I have to implore that you consider Beyond Malibu. Basecamp staff, mountain guide, kayaking guide... You can’t imagine all that is in store for you if you join the crew! Please, ask me questions. ***Link in bio to learn more.***
Noah Howell and Dylan Freed have put together a comprehensive workshop focused in safely planning and executing a day of touring. This is a good chance for beginners to gain more experience and a good refresher for the more seasoned skiers or splitboarders.
We will focus on lining up objectives with the right conditions and managing the human factor. Itinerary and details in BIO. 📸: @acpictures •