The Wildest Party on Earth | Outside Online

It's a muggy friday morning in the Ozarks. A leanly muscled man in cowboy boots, denim short-shorts, and a tank top that looks painted on is standing in the bed of a parked pickup, addressing a crowd of hundreds. “It’s hot, guys. It’s really hot,” he says, using a microphone plugged into a beefy PA system. “What do we need to be doing today?” “Hydrating!” the crowd answers. “Beer!” someone … [Read more...]

America’s 100 Best Sport Climbing Routes – Climbing Magazine | Rock Climbing, Mountaineering, Bouldering, Ice Climbing

This list from last year includes three routes in Arkansas's own, Horseshoe Canyon Ranch Climbing Area. It's no wonder this is the home of 24 Hours of Horseshoe Hell, one of the premier climbing events in the country. To read more go to the link below and scroll down to the Midwest section. What makes the perfect route? Is it the setting, technical difficulty, rock quality, style, variety, or … [Read more...]

24 Hours of Horseshoe Hell or Your Vibe attracts your Tribe

What happens when you mix 280 climbers; not including their groupies, from all all across the U.S. with perfect weather, perfect location, great swag, vendors, and some of the best climbing routes between the Rockies and Appalachians? You end up with over 24,000 routes climbed covering over 1,000,000 vertical feet… and one hell of an after party. 24 Hours of Horseshoe Hell; aka 24hhh, is an … [Read more...]

Here’s to Rocks, Nomads and no Mud

Three years ago on perfect late October day, I made my first trip to Jamestown. It was my first outdoor climbing experience and the beginning of a very “special” relationship with Jamestown. I’ve had amazing impromptu afternoon climbing trips, my heart broken, more than 50 chigger bites on one leg, and spent an entire climbing trip trying to extract my climbing partner’s car from the mud all … [Read more...]

Wise Words from an American Adventurer

Over 50 years ago, Jim Whittaker became the first American to summit Mount Everest. In his own words, he did not conquer Everest, "You never conquer a mountain. Mountains can't be conquered; you conquer yourself."  You've probably read his most famous quote in a meme or on a t-shirt, "If you aren't living on the edge, you are taking up too much space." His biography is titled A Life on the … [Read more...]

Tri that in the dark!

Since I missed racing in the Raid the Rock adventure race last year, I've been itching to do some sort of multisport race.  Enter the Medi-O-Core triathlon, a trail run, mountain bike, and rock climbing triathlon. That's pretty close to a sprint adventure race in my book, minus the navigation, so that should easily scratch that itch, or so I hoped.  This is the second year of the Medi-O-Core … [Read more...]

The Stoke

Warm beams of sunlight warm your tent, begging you to brave the cold morning air to make coffee. Reluctantly you unzip the tent, careful not to disturb the thin layer of dew that accumulated while you we're sleeping. Standing now, the morning has officially started and you root through gear bags trying to find the press and stove. As the first sips of coffee pass over your lips, your mind turns … [Read more...]

Dancing on Her Fingers

In the forward of her book Climbing Free: My Life in the Vertical World, Lynn Hill is described by her longtime friend, sometime climbing partner and early climbing mentor John Long as "...the biggest little hero I've ever known...The rest of us are just holding her rope." A quick internet search of Lynn Hill will provide a long list of accomplishments in the climbing arena. It has been said … [Read more...]