A Risk, a Rescue, and a Crazy Idea
How a chance encounter on a sketchy cliff kicked off a commitment to inspiration, exploration, and community:
A quick note: I don’t normally publish daily — and I plan to return to my normal once-weekly schedule at the end of this week.
I’m just showcasing the variety of content Cole’s Climb has to offer, while I’m on the board as a Substack Featured Writer!
Fancy Meeting You Here
I used to hike as a way to find solitude; to spend time alone with my thoughts in the wild. The encounter I recount in the video changed all that.
After I arrived home, I realized this chance-meeting had all the elements of the exact kind of thing I wanted to be writing about:
Sharing my own adventures
Telling stories from the outdoor community
And promoting preparedness to help others explore safely
So far, it’s been an incredible ride. Through my Trail Talk podcast, I’ve been able to discuss new ideas with vibrant, enthusiastic characters leading thrilling lives.
In my gear guides, and Base Camp news: I work to share crucial information to help readers plan ahead.
And I love retelling my own stories as well, reflecting with you on the lessons I’ve learned in the mountains.
Writing for you and fostering this budding community has been an absolute pleasure these last few months.
I’m sure there’s someone you know who would love to join us, as well. It would mean the world to me if you shared this video with them.
If You’re new here:
I’ve put together a sampling of my writing. Any of these three pieces would serve as a fine representation for the kind of storytelling and writing I do here.
My most recent work; an article mulling what made the Olympics fun to watch, and the true path to finding fulfillment in the things we love.
A podcast discussion with one of the most reliable experts in the field of mountain weather forecasting; Chris Tomer discusses how he helps climbers prepare for some of the planet’s most extreme peaks, and how you can apply this knowledge when planning your own trips.
The story of one of the most beautiful hikes I’ve ever taken — through surreal fog to a crystal mountain lake — exploring how we let the little moments in life slip away. This edition happens to contain some of my favorite pictures.