About

Andrew SzalayThe daily grind of life is hard, and harder than climbing. If you agree with that then you know why climbing matters.

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, Facebook, and Instagram.

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