Brendan Leonard

Brendan Leonard


Nostalgia Is a Mother

When they say you can’t go back, I think they mean because you can go back to a place, but you can’t go back to a feeling, or back to the person you were.

The Story of the First Ascent

You think that last pitch was tough? Do you know about the first ascent of this climb? Well, you’re in luck. I can tell you a little bit about it.

20 Things That Take Longer Than the Nose Ascent

On June 6, Tommy Caldwell and Alex Honnold broke the speed record for climbing the Nose of El Capitan, a 3,000-foot route that takes most parties days to climb. Caldwell and Honnold finished it in 1...

Summit Day Isn't Always About the Summit

Sometimes I wonder about all the time we spend doing ridiculous things like climbing mountains, and if there’s a bigger point to it or a point to it at all, and if I should try to move on to...

When Crappy Gear Is OK

I don’t miss that first bulky, heavy sleeping bag, or the sale tent with only one door on it, or that janky backpacking stove. But every once in a while, I think about them, because they remind me of...

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