Frozen In Time

How a Disastrous Climb in Russia Became a Cherished Memory In my many years of climbing, I’ve been (un?)lucky enough to experience a fall so drastic, I had a moment to think, “Well, Poe, you’ve gone and done it. This is how it all ends.” Sadly, in those few seconds, I wasn’t greeted with flashes of my life, as Hollywood would have us believe, but instead, just a wave of anticipation for the incoming pain. Clearly, the fall wasn’t fatal. It left me bruised and battered, but ab

The Mountain Between Us

Finding Common Ground in an Odd-Couple Marriage My husband is fancy. Frilly, frivolous, a modern-day dandy, Tom enjoys the finer things in life—pristine clothes, expensive meals, and luxury hotels. His bathroom routine takes over an hour each morning, with about twenty minutes devoted solely to hair. Like clockwork, as each new season rolls around, his wardrobe expands by a few trendy items. Born and raised in blue collar New England, naturally, I find this all terribly showy

Exploring Antarctica, the Lonely Continent

There are few places that capture the imagination quite like Antarctica. Frozen, uninhabited, and shrouded in darkness for much of the year, it can seem more like something out of a fantasy novel than a real location. For many of the world’s adventurers, this is one of earth’s last great frontiers. In 2016, after years of saving for the cost of a plane ticket, I boarded the Ilyushin Il-76, a Russian cargo plane capable of landing on the Antarctic ice—a handy feature when ther

Climbing Carstensz Pyramid, the Strangest of the 7 Summits

Carstensz Pyramid is an odd mountain. For starters, it’s included on the famed 7 Summits list; a collection of the tallest peaks on each continent. Located in Papua, Indonesia, many would assume this land is part of Asia. However, Carstensz is counted as Australia’s highest peak. If you find this confusing, rest assured, you’re not alone. The real high point of Australia is Mt. Kosciuszko, a gently sloping, seven-thousand foot peak between Sydney and Melbourne. It’s such a li