Entries by Quinn Brett

Paradox Sports

Twenty-three and a half hours!  I think that is when all three of us finally stood atop El Capitan.  It was October 3rd, 2012, another bluebird California fall day preceding a warm star filled evening.  The last time I had climbed The No…

Lotus Flower Tower

Running to catch up with Craig, near Watson Lake, YUK.  “Watson Lake! We will meet you somewhere near Watson Lake.  There is only one road right?”  I inquired with Craig over the phone.  This would be our last communication bef…

Return of the scheduled chaos

Splitter hand crack—for 15 feet only!Man.  I wrote a little diddy on the plane ride home and somehow managed to delete it.  Ops. I will update quick…..I have been back to Colorado for 120 hoursOf those hours I haveWorked 53Slept 37Run 3Sw…



It is a new year, time for new goals.Last year at this time, I had committed to climbing the Nose with careful preparation as days turned from January to late May.  I began slowly with my training regimen — easing on the ice cream, alcohol, and e…

The Raptor!

I am not an ice climber….well, I have now gone, liked it, and I will most certainly go again! My first experience was years ago with an acquaintance.  I wasn’t quite sure what he was looking for, but we hiked around a lot up the Lawn Lake Trail….

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I love climbing. Central Park this fallI enjoy moving in the mountains for hours at a time.  I love a good glass of wine and laughter filling the room.  I love falling in love, playing the piano, learning, teaching, and a full breathe filling…

Eternal Fall

Following the first pitch on The ProwWow.  I had a busy little October.Climbed the Nose in a Day again with some friends….”Keeping it casual!”  I was only in the Valley for 3 days.  Man I love that place!10 days later I found myself gi…

Fall Visuals

Mary Marmorstone, my co-instructor!  Mazama, WA.North Cascades Basecamp.  Site of 2012 Mindful Movment RetreatFirst day of climbing…ever for Leslie!Sunday morning church session.Aspen in AspenColorado FallDan Gambino Photo.  RMNPClimbi…

Summit Dance Parties

“You got to cry without weeping, talk without speaking, scream without raising your voice.”
This quote from U2 song, Running to Stand Still,  reminds me that we should be mindful of how we project ourselves.  Actions speak louder than words.  
This past week the Nose Record on El Capitan was broken.  While I am cognizant of the theory behind setting records— they motivate others to break them, my ego struggles.  I can’t quite place it, but I feel a small twinge of jealousy or perhaps regret of not trying hard enough. 
Mayan-Gobat Smith and Chantel Astorga atop the Nose.

I know for a fact I feel pressure both internally and externally to attempt the Nose again.  

My friend Timmy (coincidentally, a former Nose record holder), consoled me, “You know Quinn, I think it is important to keep moving forward.”  

Move forward? 
Move forward!

I feel I am at a tipping point.  I am a long time climber and wilderness enthusiast, just now seeking sponsorships.  These sponsorships help fuel the adventures– supplementing necessary gear and travel costs.  What a fantastic advantage to testing and using new gear and clothing, allowing me to continue exploring the joys of climbing!!!  Thank you, my current sponsors Trango, Stonewear, and Alpine Aire!

Equally important though, is my personal desire to give back my community.  Climbing is inherently selfish.  I spend so much of my time enjoying personal adventures in the wilderness, I feel the need to support and advocate, ensuring that these beautiful places exist for future generations and others adventures.  
I keep busy doing this by teaching, volunteering, giving slideshows, fundraising, and grant writing.  
It is my hope that my profound passion for mental and physical experiences will not only inspire others to get out and play, but raise money for organizations that support wilderness adventures also!  
My main support avenue at the moment is Paradox Sports (http://www.paradoxsport.org)

Coincidently, the weekend of the new Nose Record, was the Mindful Movement Retreat in Mazama, Washington.  My company, Dovetail Mountain Endeavors (www.dovetailmountain.com) worked in collaboration with Mary Marmorstone (www.moonstoneyoga.net).  

Check out a video of our retreat, put together by Lilly Mongeau

We guided 12 women through meditation, yoga, and rock climbing.  Our intention was to open a dialogue concerning thought limiting behavior, fears, and how to access the mind-body connection for use in positive ways.

Overall, we focused on our actions and how we should all be mindful of our place –both internally and externally–in this world!

The timing of these events was just was a wonderful reminder for me to explore inward for a moment. Marrying the adventures around me with the churning river inside, settle the sand a little.  Helping me to stretch the corners of my mouth up towards my ears and enjoy a summit dance party!