The 38th annual Telluride Mountainfilm festival, which is just days away, will fill the box canyon with events of all shapes and sizes — from world-premiere film screenings to photography hikes, theater presentations, an all-day symposium and the closing picnic. It’ll be a smorgasbord of inspiration. Read More
A few weeks ago, I was in Nepal with my husband, Conrad Anker, having a restful day in the heat of Kathmandu just hours before boarding our plane for home in Bozeman, Montana. After packing to depart, we were strolling leisurely in the lobby of Hotel Yak and Yeti when Conrad received a call from David Goettler. Read More
Last week, the wall on the west 200 block of Telluride’s main street was a bare expanse of gray concrete. Over the weekend, thanks to artist Chip Thomas and a small brigade of volunteers, it was transformed into a beautiful and bold piece of street art that has drawn onlookers, stirred up conversation, inspired many a social media post and provoked people to think. Read More
It used to be something I joked about with friends and family. But now, at age 43, it’s time to just come out and say it: I’m obsessed with remote, first-ascent climbing expeditions. Maybe even addicted, yes, addicted, that’s better. Each year, I plan multiple exploratory trips to unclimbed rock formations in remote and harsh environments. At some point, there’s always a choice: go or don’t go. And I always go — knowing there will be suffering. Read More
I didn’t set out to combine conservation, rock climbing and scientific discovery. Then again, I didn’t set out not to either.
I’m a person who constantly wants to look behind the curtain, and my climbing career has followed that curiosity around the world. What that means is that I first saw Mozambique as a place to climb. There was granite, and I’m a full-time climber. It could have been as simple as that. But I went deeper and asked: Could climbing be a catalyst for biologists, social scientists and conservationists to work together to gather vital data about a mountain and mountain community that’s a critical piece of the biological landscape in southeast Africa? Read More