It has been 4 years since the accident. My passion for climbing is now at an all time high. It has been a year and a half since COVID upended my life (and the world in general). I actually have a better quality of life than before. It has been 6 months since a major ankle surgery and my longest hiatus from climbing in over 15 years. And I am climbing better than ever.
On September 19, 2020 four remarkable ascents will be awarded Piolets d'Or 2020 during the 25th edition of the Ladek Mountain Film Festival in Poland. Of the four being awarded, two of the teams are American! Our own Beal and Grivel athlete Alan Rousseau is receiving the award for his 2019 ascent with Tino Villanueva of Tengi Ragi Tau (22,762 ft).