Sign In:

×

Last Step!

Please enter your public display name and a secure password.

Plan to post in the forums? Change your default forum handle here!

×
×

Using Rock Climbing to Rise Above Hurricane Maria’s Devastation

Last September, when Hurricane Maria ripped across Puerto Rico, the island was forced to recover from the unimaginable. Devastation was left in the wake of the storm’s torrential rainfall and sheer winds, leaving Puerto Ricans to rebuild with little or no access to electricity, clean drinking water, and fuel.

For local climbing guide Bryant Huffman, he never imagined that the recovery would never require his skills as a climber. After the storm had passed, Huffman quickly began clearing strewn trees blocking essential roadways. He grabbed his old climbing rope to aid the process, and instead of roping in for a multi-pitch, Huffman was tying knots to haul giant logs.

Bouldering skills even served useful when the streets were filled with water so contaminated it could cause infection if those on the island came into contact with it. The climbers traveled through the streets on kayaks performing rescue mission, scaling the sides of buildings to help evacuate local residents.

Huffman and his team of fellow climbers/arborists have yet to gain any sense of normalcy, and are still working full 12-hour days, six days a week clearing roadways. However, one thing that Maria hasn’t taken from Huffman or his team is their spirit, which is a testament to the resilience of those living in Puerto Rico in the wake of the brutal storm.

Play
READ THE STORY
PSA: This Is Why To Stay The HELL Away From Cornices…
Up Next Ski

PSA: This Is Why To Stay The HELL Away From Cornices…

PSA: This Is Why To Stay The HELL Away From Cornices…

About this time of year we should all start reminding ourselves how to travel in the backcountry safely. You may have already been out there or may be anticipating that first run out the gates or setting that first skin track of the season. Whatever the case, we have to temper that excitement a bit with the realization that we probably forgot a bunch of potentially life-saving factoids from the winter previous. As this POV video from Jakob Homolka demonstrates at 1:15, one of those little

Play
READ THE STORY
$36M in Fines for Teen who Ignited Oregon Wildfire
Up Next News

$36M in Fines for Teen who Ignited Oregon Wildfire

$36M in Fines for Teen who Ignited Oregon Wildfire

Last summer on September 2nd, a teenager was caught tossing fireworks into Oregon’s most iconic hiking trails—The Columbia River Gorge. The Gorge, like the rest of the state, was primed for a catastrophic wildfire. That teenager who Oregon Live reported was found giggling with friends during the incident is now facing a hefty punishment: $36 million in fines. Due to the combination of high temperatures and minimal amounts of precipitation, the state’s many lush forests were poised for fire

Play
READ THE STORY
For $3.5 Million This Montana Ski Resort Could be Yours
Up Next News

For $3.5 Million This Montana Ski Resort Could be Yours

For $3.5 Million This Montana Ski Resort Could be Yours

Some enticing real estate just became available on the market in Montana: Blacktail Mountain Ski Resort. With sweeping views of Flathead Lake and located just outside of Whitefish, these 1,000 acres of skiable terrain could be yours for a mere $3.5 million.  That purchase price includes four operating lifts and even a spacious 17,000 square foot ski lodge. Steve Spencer, the current owner, is searching for the next candidate to run the resort before he retires. While it is a smaller