Rock Climbing

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Carolyn Hamilton with life unfolding
By Carolyn Hamilton

We live in a wild and precious place. “A geographical location that’s alive.” A spot on earth where the mountains call to us. 

And because we live here, we get to go! First we go. Then we take our children. And, inconceivably quickly, our kids answer that call on their own, without us. 

My first question, then, is this: when our children answer the mountains’...

Dick Dorworth and Jeannie Wall
By DIck Dorworth

Like many older people I find in recent years that I learn more from those younger than from my peers. I recently gained a new sliver of insight into the matter of risk tolerance from my youngest son, Jason, who lives in Santa Cruz, California and is an avid surfer. Several years ago I heard about Mavericks, the famous, big, dangerous wave an hour north of Santa Cruz. I asked Jason if he knew about and had been to...

Edie Thys-Morgan
By Edie Thys

The US Open came and went, giving us great tennis and excellent stories: Serena vs. everybody else; Serena vs. Venus; Federer vs Drop Shot; Serena vs. Serena; Italy vs. Italy; Djokovic vs. Federer. Every time I looked into the eyes of the players as they embarked on matches that would last for hours, it underscored how difficult it must be to manage their emotions for so long. Getting psyched up and holding it...

Kristoffer with Andrew McLean, Antarctica
By Kristoffer Erickson / Robb Gaffney, M.D.

Kristoffer Erickson is an American alpinist and ski mountaineer for The North Face, photographer, philanthropist and family man, who has climbed and skied mountains all over the world in the Himalayas, Antarctica, the Alps, and in the ranges across North America. Kristoffer was good friends with Hans Saari, a renowned American ski mountaineer, who passed away after falling down the Northeast entrance of the Gervasutti...

Robb Gaffney, Squaw Valley     Photo: Grant Kaye
By Robb Gaffney, M.D.

I founded Sportgevity because I realized, as many of us do, that our sports are increasingly intermingling with the laws of physics and probability and these laws are reminding us of who is in charge. 

As we create more and more sophisticated safety gear, we get drawn further and further into that zone where physics and probability show their teeth. It is becoming increasingly evident that in many cases the...

Kevin Donoghue, founder of Fitnamics with a podium finish
By Kevin Donoghue, Professional OCR Athlete

A few nights ago, I sat in front of 9 to 10 TV producers in an undisclosed location, a place that I have never been. I was here because of my exploits as an athlete. But this meeting was their way to find out what kind of person I was and whether I was going to be good for the show. Being a good person wasn't necessarily a prerequisite.

The question that stuck in my mind was, “if there is anything in your life...

Bruce Tremper, Director, Utah Avalanche Center
By Sportgevity

Talking with Utah Avalanche Center director Bruce Tremper about fostering avalanche victims and their voices. 


When an avalanche occurs and a skier or snowboarder is caught, buried, or even killed, there’s often this phenomenon afterward in which a large-scale group tends to shame and criticize the victims or survivors of the slide. It happens in online forums, social media, and in person, and the...

Figure 1, Cowboy Mountain, just outside of Stevens Pass ski area. The Tunnel Creek drainage is circled and labeled in red. (Image modified from Google Earth)
By Ben Kelley, Senior Thesis Quest University Canada


Every accident can be traced back to human error (Hess, 2012). This is especially true for outdoor pursuits. Even in instances where an “act of nature” occurred, the source of error can likely be traced back to a human decision (Hess, 2012). By thoroughly documenting, analyzing and learning from accidents, the dangers of future wilderness pursuits can be...

By Kim Kircher

Kim Kircher's, Edge Radio does a great job addressing all aspects of adventure sports. Among other topics, Kim talks with Robb Gaffney about decision making and the founding principles of Sportgevity. 

Riding free can be a heavy tradeoff
By Steve Grizwold, Retired ER Physician

I had an experience this weekend that may be of interest to those of you I worked with in the ER. It’s a bit of a long story but bear with me. 

Kathy and I were out for a weekend adventure and were crossing Beartooth Pass atop the Beartooth Plateau which straddles the Montana Wyoming border. We were coming down the Wyoming side when...
Dave Nettle in Kyrgyzstan
By Robb Gaffney, M.D.

Dave Nettle is an American rock climber, alpinist and backcountry skier. Take this special opportunity and tap into Dave's wisdom, which has been decades in the making. 


I believe we are a product of our habits and that excellence is achieved not through single actions but repetition. For me it has made sense to develop slowly over the years as a climber and skier, enjoying the gradual...

By Megan Michelson

The lessons pro climber Tommy Caldwell learned from his dad and over 30 years of climbing rock. 


When he was a kid, Tommy Caldwell’s dad, who worked as a teacher during the school year and a mountain guide during the summer, would take his son on climbing missions around Colorado. Tommy did his first roped climb when he was just three years old. By age 14, he was climbing the 2,000-foot-high, 5.10...