Andrew SzalayThe daily grind of life is hard, and harder than climbing. If you agree with that then you probably understand why climbing matters. And that’s what this blog is about, how climbing enriches and even enlightens our lives.

I spent 15 years in Washington, DC as a Congressional aide and lobbyist trying to make a difference while balancing family life and battling a daily two-hour commute. I stopped climbing and got outside less. One day, during a much-needed getaway to Vermont in 2010, this blog was born.

What started as a blog only about celebrating human achievement in the mountains has grown to be my platform for reader response about climbing events, its history, and mountaineering literature.

I found that the antidote for the daily grind is a combination of seeking wild places, written word, and winding journeys, both literally and abstractly. After reading mountaineering literature for 20 years, I have have only scratched the surface. I believe there is a lot to explore and discover, despite the world being mapped and wired.

I am a climber, a reader, a husband, a father of two, a nonprofit leader in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, a former Washington advocate, I volunteer with the Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival, and I have contributed to print and online publications, most notably Alpinist Magazine. I am Andrew Szalay and I am The Suburban Mountaineer.

Read some of my most popular posts and feel free to contact me about reviewing climbing literature or with questions or ideas at andrew.szalay@yahoo.com. And please don’t forget to follow me on the usual… Twitter and Instagram.


Proud Member of the Access Fund and my Local Climbing Organization