I learned to rock climb at the MIT outing club in 1968.

Since then I've completed two vertical marathons of technical rock climbing, 52 miles of vertical mostly leading.

In 2000 I was on a small team of mountaineers who did the first ascent of a
20,000 foot high Andean peak, Sierra Nevada de Lagunas Bravas.

The hardest long rock climb I have done is El Capitan East Buttress.

Cathedral Peak, 2002
Cathedral Peak lightning storm
Matthes Crest, 2002
Mount Conness,2002, west ridge
Mt. Conness West Ridge , 2000
Lunch Ledge, October 2000
Via Aqua, October , 2000
West Ridge of Mt. Conness, October 2000
Sespe Gorge . 2000
Kings Canyon 2000
Half Dome Cables Without, Nov 1999
Half Dome Snake Dike Oct 1999
Fairview Dome,The Regular Route, Tuolumne CA
The Murder of the Possible by Mike Bolte, Reed's Pinnacle Direct
Mt Clark N to S traverse, Yosemite CA.

New Zealand

Mt. Aspring, February 2002


Mount Moran, September 2001
Cirque of the Towers, September 1, 2000


Grand Canyon, June 2001


Blue Mass Sceinic Area June 2000
Windy Pt, Arizona
Baboquivari , Arizona
Hurt Butt Buttress, Cochise Stronghold Arizona
What's My Line?, Cochise Stronghold Arizona

Planet Granite, indoor gym
Altitude Adaptation, High and fast in Chile.

Index of climbing stories.

Paul Doherty at the top of Via Aqua

Blue Mass Scenic Area Nevada

Cirque of the Towers, Wind Rivers Wyoming.

Robert Ayers on Mt. Conness West Ridge


Under full pack we travel down trailless canyons on the north rim of the grand canyon.


with Paul and Ellen

Scenes and stories of how we camp.

Ellen helping to cook another fine dinner

Channel Islands

Ellen and I visited the Channel Islands off the coast of California in August, 2000. We took a day trip to Anacapa island and spent the night camping on Santa Cruz island.

Channel Islands west Santa Cruz Harbor


Sweden 2000 February-April

Week 1: Tom Tits Experiment
Week 2:
Week 3:
Cross-country skating?
Week 4:
Week 5:
Norway, skiing
Week 7:
At the climbing Gym
Week 8 :
Across Europe in a week
Now including
Good Vibrations a brief look at my lecture at Technorama.
Week 10:
To Öland
Week 11:
To the Arctic, the Ice Hotel and Bjorkliden
Week 12:
Science Teaching activities
my apartment

Here I am after a 27 km ski in to Glitterheim hut in Jotenheimen National park, Norway. I am drying out next to the stove with all the wet clothing around me.

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