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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).

7 Gifts I Hope Santa Brings Me

Action in Solitude Holiday Gift Guide 2017

Most years I wait until the last possible minute to pick up gifts for family and friends. It’s a stressful situation. But this year I vowed to get my shopping done on time, and I did it! With all my holiday shopping behind me I decided to take a little stroll around the internet and draft a personal wishlist for …

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Episode 22 – Irene Yee

Irene Yee Action in Solitude Podcast Episode 22

Her name is Irene Yee but many know her by her Instagram username, @LadyLockOff. She is a photographer from Las Vegas, Nevada that has earned Instagram fame for her stunning photographs that capture the joy and beauty of climbing and outdoor adventure from a wide variety of perspectives. I briefly met Irene Yee a couple years ago, but I really …

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Episode 21 – Obe Carrion

Obe Carrion Action in Solitude Podcast Kevin Riley Episode 21

While back in Boston to do some landscaping for a buddy I had the opportunity to sit down with Obe Carrion at Metro Rock (Everett) where he currently resides as the head coach and operations manager. I was excited to speak with Obe about his upbringing in Pennsylvania and what it was like to come up during the bouldering explosion …

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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

Mount Toll Kevin Riley Aug 2017

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

Rainbow Slabs White Mountains New Hampshire 1

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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