Who were America’s first ranger in the National Parks System? The Buffalo Soldiers. Black troops of the 9th and 10th Cavalry of the U.S. Army. This is the story of their work in the NPS.
How to Build a Home: Taste the Rainbow Part Two
We who are asking to expand these definitions to create a more inclusive atmosphere are not also demanding that the industry eliminate the grandiose; rather, we ask that the humble also be part of what it means to adventure.
John Salathé: A Brief History of Yosemite’s First Climbing Legend: The Later Years
In my previous post on John Salathé, I covered the “early years”. That period of his life covered pretty much all that we know up until he arrived in Yosemite. He would have been forty-six when he strolled into the valley. The reason I included so much in that first post is because this is…
John Salathé: A Brief History of Yosemite’s First Climbing Legend: The Early Years
For anyone who becomes interested in the history of climbing in America, it won’t be long before they come across the name John Salathé. Certainly, anyone who considers themselves a serious climber or an armchair student of climbing history will have heard the name, even if it’s only from the namesake wall making up the…
Dirtbag Dreams: Fantasy vs Reality
(Cover Image: Fred Beckey) Virtually anyone who climbs, has ever picked up a climbing magazine, seen Reel Rock, or any YouTube video on climbing, knows the term “dirtbag”. The general public uses this term as one of derision to describe someone who might otherwise be a lowlife, good-for-nothing bum; but in the climbing community one…