Web site upgrade

zontar administration

My new web site is up and running. I’m sure there are still broken links and formatting bugs, but it’s now live. I have combined mfarris.net (climbing guidebook) and TheAltitudeExperience.com into a single site. There was simply too much maintenance involved with two sites. This means there is one blog so I may post more as I don’t have to …

Taylors Falls: new route and a couple of comments

zontar Climbing Guidebook

A previously undescribed route in the Keyhole Area: Mongoosed (5.8**) If Cobra is too much for you, get Mongoosed. Shorter climbers may find this harder than 5.8. Start at the bottom of the gully between Cobra and the Double Cracks block (exactly where Julie is standing in the 2nd edition guidebook photo, p. 105 and below). Climb up a bit, …

When all else fails…

zontar Climbing Guidebook

One of my climbing partners told me that he recently read the Introduction in the first edition. Finally. Ten years after buying the book. Most of us head straight for the ratings and skip over all of that unnecessary text that authors insist on including. We just want a number and a dotted line. And a gear list. And the …

Why I won’t take guide information from another web site

zontar Climbing Guidebook

Writing a climbing guidebook is serious business. Deadly serious. While there are opportunities for humor, I constantly remind myself that the lives of the users could be endangered if I make a mistake. The rise of electronic social media has changed the way many people interact and how they think that others should interact with them. I was in on …

Three additions to your medical kit

zontar Equipment, The Altitude Experience

Disclaimer: I’m not a physician. You should discuss the recommendations below with your physician and make sure you understand the side effects and contraindications for these medications. Expedition medical kits should contain drugs and equipment that people know how to use. So there’s no way to come up with a “standard” kit. In the book I discuss a number of …