About

Andrew SzalayAlthough climbing matters to me a lot, this blog is not just about climbing.

Really, it’s about mountains. Well, mountains first, really, but not exclusively.

But even that doesn’t adequately cover it… So let me try this…

Have you ever felt a sense of peace and confidence after finishing a hike, climb, or even a vacation? It lingered for a while too, didn’t it? It’s that ephemeral high that this blog about.

If you’re anything like me, you’ve taken on or have a lot of responsibilities and expectations on you. The pace and pressure is nearly relentless. For me, it’s all for good things, I mean, the responsibility is all supporting something important, like my family and their lifestyle through a career that I find purpose. But it’s still a hectic daily grind; who doesn’t want a time-out or to find some peace despite all that?

This blog is about being still and yet going places. It’s about being stuck and being free. It’s about weaknesses and fears, growing, not knowing what’s coming next and being okay with that. This blog is about awaking with awareness, being centered, and securing dignity. It’s about finding the beautiful things that makes us tick a little stronger and drawing on it to keep us going longer.

I found wonderful things through climbing and in climbing literature, and I recently started to find the same things in other places too. I write for climbers and nonclimbers alike about wild places, mountaineering literature, and journeys. It’s in those three things, whether I contemplate them or make a pilgrimage, that I fill my cup; and I always have some to share here with you.

I am a climber, a reader, a husband, a father of two, a leader of a Habitat for Humanity affiliate 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 writing opportunities, reviewing climbing literature, or with questions or ideas at andrew.szalay@yahoo.com. And please don’t forget to sign up for my newsletter.

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