Into the Alpine
As always, the beauty of the mountains quieted my doubts and anxieties and filled me with contentment. This was where I belonged. — Arlene Blum, Annapurna: A Woman’s Place
My compulsion to explore alpine environments began in January, 2015 when I joined a research expedition to the Llaima volcano in southern Chile. Since then, backpacking, rock climbing, and mountaineering have become integral components of my life. From routine hikes up the highest mountain on the east coast, to icy summit bids in the Cascades, to long days in the backcountry of national parks — the allure of the alpine world remains constant.