1. Bugaboo Spire's East Ridge


    from Mark Smiley Added 11.2K 55 8

    The guidebook clearly states, “More people get ‘benighted’ on this [East Ridge of Bugaboo Spire] than all other routes in the area combined.” This is due to the involved traverse…

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    • Lotus Flower Tower


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      This 2000 foot climb is truly amazing. From the thousands of miles you have to drive north to the Yukon, to the flight across the NW Territories boarder, landing on a lake, the approach, the campground,…

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      • East Ridge, Devils Thumb, Alaska


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        The heli flight is an efficient way to blow 600 bucks in 29 minutes, but its totally worth it. Like a nature viewing three-ring circus on crack, the varied landscapes flew by. Passing over an inlet,…

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        • Lost Arrow Spire, Tyrolean Traverse


          from Mark Smiley Added 12.5K 28 2

          Let me paint the picture. The walls of the Yosemite Valley are about 3000 feet tall. The Spire pulls away from the wall right at the top, creating this 200-foot tall rock finger island that towers…

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          • Triple Play (Fairview Dome, Tenaya Peak, 1/8th Dome)


            from Mark Smiley Added 6,460 27 1

            The Yosemite Valley is where rock climbing in the States was born, has grown, and continues to thrive. The most dangerous part of the experience is standing at the El Capitan observation pull off.…

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            • Alaska Trailer


              from Mark Smiley Added 4,666 37 4

              Erik Osterholm shot and edited this piece for the forthcoming movie about Mark and Janelle Smiley attempting to climb all 50 Classic Climbs of North America. Visit www.smileysproject.com for more…

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              • A Long Walk To Solid Rock


                from Mark Smiley Added 7,665 16 3

                13 miles is a long approach. Adding to the fun was our heavy overnight packs, and an 11,000 foot pass that we had to hike up and over. I think the trail could have been 7-8 miles, but the trail makers…

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                • You Gotta Have Nuts to Climb Mt Whitney


                  from Mark Smiley Added 12.2K 33 7

                  Wanting to bypass the annoyance of getting an overnight permit we decided to climb the East Face of Whitney in one long day. We had created a routine of reading the chapter in the Fifty Classic Climbs…

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                  • Hot Chicks and Stormy Afternoons


                    from Mark Smiley Added 9,089 16 3

                    The topo says, “Look for the hard to find rap anchors.” Well, turns out they were really really hard to find, cause we didn’t. I searched high and low on several ledges with no luck.…

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                    • Adventure Climbing up Hallett Peak


                      from Mark Smiley Added 6,669 10 0

                      Current Situational Equation: Janelle hates to epic + Mark hates bailing = Mark turns into a spoiled 2nd grader and puts on his grumpy pants and makes Janelle feel like a failure. I really wanted…

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