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Kevin Riley

Kevin Riley has been a rock climbing and general outdoor enthusiast for over sixteen years, served as the associate publisher for Climbing and Urban Climber magazines, and co-founded the Denver-based non-profit, First Ascenders. He graduated from UMASS (Amherst).

Episode 20 – Ian King

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Ian King considers himself a lifestylist of the climbing sort. I got to know Ian through our mutual relationship with Misty Mountain Threadworks – we’re both Misty ambassadors – and to this day I haven’t met a climber who so thoroughly enjoys being part of climbing photo shoots. (Thank you for the countless days climbing old school routes for me, …

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Took the Leap to Unlock the Peak

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I woke up in the back of my truck at Mitchell Lake Trailhead in the Indian Peaks not wanting to run, climb, nor scramble. I had an uneasy feeling in my stomach. It was the feeling I had a week earlier when I had the same objective, scrambling from Mount Audubon to Paiute Peak to Mount Toll, which requires a …

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Mama, I Finally Used the Snowshoes You Bought Me

Snowshoeing Walker Ranch

  Mama, I finally used the snowshoes you got me for my birthday when I was in high school. Reminded me of the times we’d drive up the road a few blocks to Covington Middle School on cold winter nights way after the sun had gone down so only the parking lot lights and the headlamps of passing cars and trucks …

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At a Dive Bar With Friends

At a Dive Bar With Friends

When I left the house she texted she was going to be late. I was running on time so now I had time to grab a drink before she arrived. I ordered red wine. She texted again she was going to be another 10 minutes late. To pass the time I checked my mobile accounts and news stories. Nothing new. …

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New Bouldering Problems at Whitney and Thayer Woods

Whitney and Thayer Skyline Wall

This was my third season working in Boston. My college roommate Matty left the Harvard Arboretum a few years back and started a landscaping business. He asked if I wanted to make some money. I did. Thought I’d work a few days here and a few days there. Little did I know, it quickly became a grueling, yet fulfilling full-time …

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Watching the River Flow

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I got lost in the woods looking for a large band of gray, granite slab that can’t be missed from the road. I returned to the car to recalibrate, crossed the river again and headed north up the hillside. It’s hot. It’s humid. I’m sweating through my small pack that’s holding my water, snacks, guidebook and smoke. Disgusting. I descend what …

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Episode 19 – Justin Roth

During an impromptu trip to Ventura, California I had the pleasure of catching up with Justin Roth, a friend and former co-worker. He currently works for Patagonia in the marketing department. Before that he was at Petzl and before that he served in a number of roles at Climbing Magazine and Urban Climber Magazine. Until recently he also published The Stone Mind, a popular …

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Episode 18 – Buzz Burrell

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Adventurer Buzz Burrell grew up in Kalamazoo, Michigan, but it wasn’t long before he packed his bags and headed west to Colorado to be in the mountains. Over the next five and a half decades he set fastest known time (FKT) records on the Colorado Trail (486 miles) and the John Muir Trail (223 miles), started the first certified organic farm …

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Episode 17 – Maura Kistler

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If there’s one thing you can’t call Maura Kistler it’s sedentary. She’s always doing something to bring people – climbers, kayakers, outdoor enthusiasts – together to build community, all while running her gear shop, WaterStone Outdoors, and teaching. Her unbounded drive, self deprecating humor, and straight-at-it attitude has been an inspiration to me over the years and I always look …

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