Author Bio

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Kelly Cordes

Being outside makes Kelly Cordes smile, and his love of climbing and the outdoors has led him on adventures around the world. He was a longtime editor for the American Alpine Journal, author of the 2014 award-winning book, The Tower: A Chronicle of Climbing and Controversy on Cerro Torre, and co-author of the 2017 bestseller, The Push: A Climber’s Journey of Endurance, Risk, and Going Beyond Limits. He lives in Colorado.

Stories by Kelly Cordes...
The Fun Scale

The Fun Scale

Everybody likes fun. And fun, like anything, can be nuanced; not all fun is created equal. But it wasn’t until June 2001, while bushwhacking through thickets o...
joys of minimalism

The Joys of Minimalism

His legs quivered like a baby deer. We were only two hours from the trailhead in gorgeous North Cascades National Park, where I was guiding a six-day mountainee...