I’M QUINCY KOETZ

An outdoorsman and Nurse Practitioner living in Chicago. When I first started this blog, I was an EMT living in Southern California and this blog has followed...

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 By Quincy Koetz
West Ridge Crazy Peak

Climbing Crazy Peak, Montana

The literal and metaphorical pinnacle of my adventures up North was a climb of Crazy Peak in Montana. This isolated alpine summit rarely sees visitors and was an outstanding climb. Crazy Peak is a lonely summit that intrigues travelers as they head across Interstate 90 through Montana. Rising abruptly from the pastures and rangelands dominating...

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Bitterroot Range Montana

Hiking Trapper Peak, Bitterroot Mountains, Montana

After taking a day to paddle the Salmon River in Idaho, I turned my sights north to the infamous Bitterroot Mountains where I naturally wanted to climb the high point of the range. If you only knew how long I’ve been trying to get up to the Bitterroot Mountains! This famously majestic mountain range defines...

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Where Django Unchained was Filmed; Adventures in Eastern California

The Owens Valley and its towns of Lone Pine, Independence, Big Pine and Bishop have been filming locations for many 21st century blockbusters such as Django Unchained, Transformers, G.I. Joe, Ironman and Gladiator. A significant number of Spaghetti Westerns were also filmed here. Beyond just movies, the Owens Valley holds a lifetime’s worth o...

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Winter Climbing on Wheeler Peak, Nevada

Guide to climbing Wheeler Peak in Nevada during the winter. An isolated summit in the Great Basin wilderness with a technically easy climb. Its not often that one can claim they are writing anything new on a mountaineering route but it seems that both literary and online information regarding winter climbing on Wheeler Peak are...

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