Articles written by: Sean Sullivan

Sean is an outdoor enthusiast and writer from Seattle.

What is Bike Polo?

What is Bike Polo?

During the halcyon days of the dot com boom, a few bicycle aficionados from Seattle invented the novel sport of bike polo. It’s a unique cocktail of different sports and attitudes: the urban aggressiveness of street basketball, the DIY aesthetics, all of which was affixed to the upper crust skeleton [...]

5 Different Ways to Rappel

5 Different Ways to Rappel

Rappelling (known by the German word “abseil” in much of the world) is often boring — though it’s one of the most important things you will do as a climber. The majority of climbing accidents occur during the rappel, so make sure you do it right.

FreeBASE: The World’s Most Extreme Sport

FreeBASE: The World’s Most Extreme Sport

Dean Potter made quite a stir in the climbing world when he climbed the Eiger Nordwand in 2008. He free soloed the whole route – meaning he used no rope to protect himself from falling – but

5 Places to Deep Water Solo

5 Places to Deep Water Solo

The climber’s fingers slip on the small ledge. She desperately searches for the next hold, but the rock is blank, her arms quiveringly tired. No rope secures her to the wall – besides a chalk bag

Buildering

Buildering

There’s something a perverse about buildering, the sport of climbing buildings, that makes it akin to bike polo or urban skiing: taking a sport normally performed in nature and translating it into an urban environment.

3 Mountains for Beginning Mountaineers

3 Mountains for Beginning Mountaineers

As much as we’d like to climb the hardest mountains from the first moments we strap on our crampons, the novices of the sport must put in their time before they get good.

A Portrait of a Climber: Fred Beckey

A Portrait of a Climber: Fred Beckey

Climb anywhere in North America and you’ll probably come across the name “Beckey.” Maybe you’ll find it in your guidebook, following the words “first” and “ascent.” Or maybe it’s in the by-line of that

Winter Rock Climbing in North America

Winter Rock Climbing in North America

Right now, most crags in North America are wet with rain and snow, and your hands might fall off if you tried climbing, it’s so cold. This does a funny thing to some rock climbers:

Petroglyphs: Ancient American History in the American Southwest

Petroglyphs: Ancient American History in the American Southwest

One of the greatest untruths about America is that it’s a young nation, that it’s short on history. This is an insult to the cultures that for centuries inhabited this land. While ancient American Indian

Canyoneering: For the Narrow Minded

Canyoneering: For the Narrow Minded

On a backpacking trip in Yellowstone, I met a guy who asked me if I had ever ran a slot canyon before. A slot canyon? What the hell are those? He explained: they are impossibly narrow canyons that are tucked into the earth, deeper than they are wide