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

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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Mt Greylock, Massachusetts and Arrival in Maine

Day: 30 Miles: 6,666 (exactly) Location: Gorham, Maine Love that quote… One adventure ends and another begins… I’ve arrived safely in Maine after traveling 6,666 miles exactly through some of the wildest parts of America. I couldn’t resist squeezing one more adventure out of this trip; the climbing of Mt Greylock. It was a v...

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Hiking the Willow Creek trail up Harney Peak, South Dakota

Day: 19 Miles: 3,560 Location: Harney Peak, Black Hills, South Dakota Harney Peak, the highest mountain in South Dakota Another day, another State Highpoint climbed! If you haven’t figured it out by now, I am trying to climb the 50 state highpoints of the United States. This is another one of my life long goals...

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Epic Ascent of Panorama Point, Nebraska High Point

Day: 10 Miles: 1,900ish Location: Panorama Point, Nebraska elev. 5,424ft The tricky last 5.10d section of the ascent of Panorama Point Every climber has a couple of stories of climbs that simply went all wrong. I’ve had some good climbs and bad climbs, but this one takes the cake. Panorama Point is Nebraska’s high point....

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Trip Report of a Spring Ascent of Mt Elbert, Colorado

Day: 7 Miles: 1,394 Location: Mt. Elbert, 14,440ft, Colorado (Highest Point in the Rockies and Colorado) The insanely rugged summit of Mt Elbert! My goodness, the Rockies are a whole new ballgame for me. Three years ago when I bought my mountaineering boots, the biggest decision point the salesman asked me was “Well, do you...

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