I’m a writer, climber, and mother.
I’ve climbed since I was little. My father first took me to Yosemite when I was ten. Later, I climbed with my dad’s friends – climbers like Galen Rowell and George Lowe. Jim Bridwell lead me up hard cracks in Yosemite where I met my friend, mentor, and climbing partner, Beverly Johnson. Bev and I did the first female ascent of El Capitan via the Triple Direct route.
Dick Dorworth and I first climbed the North Face of Mitchell in Wyoming’s Cirque of the Towers and with Bugs McKeith I did first ascents on the North Face of Andromeda and other ice climbs in Canada. In 1987, I joined the first western climbers to visit Kyrgyzstan’s Ak-Su mountains. Later I joined expeditions to Shishapangma and Everest.
After my son Tristan was born, I traveled less to remote climbing areas. Instead, we climbed in Yosemite, Devil’s Tower, and City of Rocks. When he was seven, we took Tristan to Germany, Italy, France, and Spain. In this site I describe many of our favorite routes and climbing areas.
You can read the story of Bev’s and my El Capitan ascent, Walls Without Balls, in Steve Roper’s Ordeal by Piton. See my web site for other stories, some about climbing and others about food or science.