Category Archive for "Blog"

Vol Bivy Commentary

I’m on a paragliding expedition right now, I thought some people might be interested in the thinking that went into how we’re approaching the trip. Some “Vol Bivy” personal history, kinda boring unless you’re really into flying paragliders and think

Read More

Reader Question: Manual Labour or Office Job for Mountaineering?

Hi Ryan, This is an interesting question (question below), thanks, mind if I strip it down a bit and use some form of my response on my blog? In any case, short answer below, and keep on getting out, say

Read More

Strength Question

I often receive emails about training, sports, life, good stuff I like. Here’s a recent one that made me think, thought others might enjoy it too. For those who didn’t read my post on what four exercises I consider critical

Read More

Spring Bow Valley Linkup

Spring is technically defined as the equinox, when the day and the night are of equal length. In most places this means flowers, rainstorms, and green grass for the easter bunnies to munch. Here in the Canadian Rockies, to quote

Read More

You’ve got kids. How do you handle taking mountain risks?

A while back I said I would answer reader questions as posts. Here’s a good one I received today, and and an answer. Thanks Bruno. On 2014-04-01, at 12:48 AM, Bruno wrote: Hi Will, We have communicated a few times

Read More

Well, what can you do, part 2..

Over the years I’ve watched a lot of people in extreme situations, and their reactions to those situations. I’ve watched people freeze up on the controls of their paragliders and die when they hit the hillside. I’ve watched paraglider pilots

Read More

Thermal Detection on the ground?

I receive a fair number of questions about ice climbing and flying, and often write back to people. I think I’ll start putting more of the answers up on here for others to comment on as well. Here’s one I

Read More

The Steep Climbing Rhythm: Set, coil, spring, repeat.

Ice climbing is often seen as somehow “unique” in that its movement patterns are alien, inscrutable, and different than good technique in rock climbing. This isn’t true. For steep rock or ice climbing the rhythm is, with refinements and variations,

Read More

Well, what can you do…

“Well, what can you do. Way it is….” No question mark at the end, flat acceptance. I’ve heard that phrase about late trains, bad traffic, poor behaviour, taxes, and life in general. It’s a fatalistic acceptance of a shitty situation,

Read More

Riding the big icicle

My friend John Freeman rode a big icicle. Good video piece. Remember that free-hanging ice almost always breaks right at the TOP, just where it connects to the rock. That’s where it’s under the greatest strain from the hanging load,

Read More