20 Years of Sierra Working and Climbing

Matt Samet pioneering the thought of Sky Working, Sierra fashion, means again in 2002.

20 years in the past I used to be doing precisely what I’m doing now. Planning for an enormous mission within the mountains. Again then, I’m certain I by no means imagined I’d spend the following 20 years doing very related issues. At the moment, Janine and I have been dwelling in our VW van, milking our $62 checking account, and making an attempt to determine the way to be skilled mountain sport photographers. 

Then, Rock & Ice Journal took an thought we pitched to climb all of California’s Sierra Nevada 14ers by technical routes. It was our first huge project. On the identical time, Patagonia’s Picture Editor, the extremely influential Jane Sievert, took us beneath her wing serving to us produce iconic Patagonia fashion photographs. 

Because the snow left the Sierra, we moved in. One after the other we ticked off all of the 14ers. Many, like Mt. Russell and Whitney, we did by quite a few routes, bivvying on the base of the partitions and working laps. We additionally climbed nearly each Sierra traditional and solely actually left the excessive nation to maneuver to the following trailhead. 

2001 repeated itself numerous instances, a continuing cycle of organizing journeys to mountains all over the world to make images of what we do with pals.

Someplace alongside the way in which we moved to the Alps and our lives within the Sierra grew to become referenced with, “Again within the day.” With the years, life grew to become extra steady, cozy, and cozy.

Residing free and wild felt regular in my 20’s, however I dreamt of extra. Now, in my 50’s and having fulfilled a lot of these goals, I’m wondering what I’ll discover if I am going again. 

I’m excited that present planning places us within the Sierra for the majority of the yr engaged on yet one more huge mission and discovering what has and has not modified in 20 years. In the event you comply with us on social, count on to see numerous mountain working, some climbing, and possibly greater than a little bit re-living, “Again within the day,” whereas we develop one thing particular for the Sierra path working group.

By Dan Patitucci

2001: Climbing Mt. Russell’s Startrekkin’ 5.10b
2001: Mark Leffler caught between a rock and a really arduous place as snow strikes in on Mt. Russell’s Mithral Dihedral.
2001: In the meantime, at Mark’s belay Dan Patitucci begins to emphasize on the absence of California solar.
2001: Tommy Caldwell & Beth Rodden climbing the East Face of Mt. Whitney
Fish, it’s what’s for dinner.
The Evolution Traverse. The one route I’ve accomplished that was measured not in ft or meters, however in miles of climbing. Dave Melkonian and I did the third ascent of Peter Croft’s masterpiece.
Wellness, Sierra fashion.
2001: Underwear modeling. Fortunately, for Patagonia.
2001: Dan hydrating on the van with a pile of CLIF Bar wrappers, soiled ft and meters within the legs. Seems nothing has modified, besides higher becoming garments. Then, a Medium. Now, XS..
Wanting ahead to tremendous sized burritos and cervezas.
2001: Our yr within the Sierra ended with a celebration that left our van (residence) a mighty mess. We simply want the bears had invited us.

A HUGE due to the manufacturers we’re celebrating a Platinum Anniversary with:


And naturally the by no means ending love & help from these fantastic pals (though not fairly at 20 years, but):