Author Archives: Chris Kalman

Climbing Mountains for Dumbies

Climbing Mountains For Dumbies An Illustrated “How-To” Book by Fringe’s Folly     Chapter 1: Why Climb At All? The answer is not, as Edmund Hillary said,”because it is there.” The answer is, “because Kansas is boring.” You don’t learn anything about yourself, the world, mountains, or anything else by just standing still. Risk is its own reward. Without climbing,

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Colette McInerney Shares Thoughts About Never Not Collective, and Pretty Strong

If you haven’t seen something about Never Not Collective’s kickstarter for their film project, Pretty Strong, you’ve probably been living under a rock. No surprise here: a film made by talented women climbers, about talented women climbers, is in high demand. At least the 1135 backers of the film seem to think so… Less than half way through their campaign,

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Ups and Downs

Ups and Downs. As climbers, we’re pretty familiar with both. Take, for example, a recent week for me. One day I was on cloud nine because I got an advanced copy of a project I’ve been working on for 4+ years. The next I was down in the dumps because a client I’d been working for abruptly and unexpectedly informed

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Why We Should Abide The Devils Tower Voluntary Climbing Ban

The other day while scrolling through social media, I came across this post from Access Fund’s instagram account, encouraging people to “respect and honor the voluntary closure of Devils Tower during the month of June to show our respect to the numerous Native American tribes that consider it a sacred site during this month.” Interesting. A very small amount of

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