David Chaundy-Smart took it as a compliment when his high school vice-principal told him he was wasting his youth by climbing. A Youth Wasted Climbing tells the story of how he and his brother, Reg, spent the last years of the 1970s fighting suburban boredom to become, in the words of renowned climbing historian Chic Scott, “one of the leading figures in Ontario rock climbing throughout the 1980s.”
Surreal creative stream-of-consciousness
The inception of winter climbing in Montana's Hyalite Canyon
India's Shark's Fin is a 6,500-foot rock route that's twice as long and just as steep as anything on El Capitan, and once left me defeated. When I took it on for the second time, at 45, a blizzard promptly pinned our team to the wall like insects. Which made me wonder: Why am I here again?
Authoer of "Why am I here Again" and first ascentionist of innumerable routes and alpine summits.
With hard work and dedication, you too could own a used Subaru Outback full of warm beer and climbing gear.
The Last Dirtbag seeks redemption and meaning in his blood-soaked quest to free-climb El Cap in a day
Ueli Steck and the clash on Everest.