This blog began as a training journal for my first Assault on Mount Mitchell. The name SteepClimbs reflected the height of the challenge in front of me. It was both a figurative and literal steep climb for me to reach the summit of Mount Mitchell, the tallest mountain east of the Mississippi River.
During my training, I have discovered a passion within myself for big hills. The bigger the hill (or better yet, mountain), the better. The tougher or steeper the challenge, the better I feel after (not necessarily during) succeeding. I like to travel, experience new places, and learn about the land.
I’m often working on projects to either volunteer for charity, improve the local cycling community, or host charity rides. You can see my current projects at this page.
Blog – Regardless how much I expend the site, it will always be a blog, first and foremost. I like to recap my adventures and share pictures, whenever possible. My own personal narrative will always be the driving force behind the site, and it will always reflect my own interests. I like to discuss my training, my nutrition, and always will recap my rides in detail.
Climbs – Throughout my travels, I have encountered many new and interesting climbs. As I discover and conquer these climbs, I index them in their very own section. Most are currently in the Carolinas and Blue Ridge areas, although I have plans to venture throughout the country and perhaps overseas to challenge myself in different locations.
Photos – I take plenty of photos on every ride, only a fraction of which get posted on the website. I save the best ones for my photo area, which is updated occasionally. In addition to the main area, I also have photo sections for the Blue Ridge Parkway and Conquered photos, where I plant my bike as a conquering nation would plant their flag.
Rides – I am a sucker for the organized century rides, preferably in the mountains. This section always lists my upcoming rides, and also contains archives for the rides I have already attended. Many readers that I have met say they use this area to plot their own training. It can also be used to find older ride reports and photos.
Routes – This is the section I use the most for my own reference. I have collected a number of routes from different areas. The focus is on climbing, but I also link to some city rides, such as in Atlanta and Spartanburg. All the information is crowdsourced RideWithGPS links that are organized by starting point. I expect this area to expand a lot faster than other content areas, simply because there are so many people out there designing and sharing their own routes. I pick the ones that I think readers will find the most useful.
Links – I have put a lot of time and creative energy into my links section, trying to find the most useful websites out there for the road climber. There are a wide range of topics that are covered, ranging from a directory of Bike Shops, Rides, and Maps. I am most proud of my directory of Blogs and links to Climbing resources. This area will continue to expand as I find new and interesting destinations on the Web.