Cragsters: Meet the Alpine Purist - Climbing Magazine

Cragsters: Meet the Purist


Presenting Cragsters, a series of illustrations and descriptions by Adam Nawrot of climber-types. Cut ’em out, collect ’em, laugh, cry, or rage—just remember, don’t judge, because we’ve all been one type of Cragster or another.

The Purist.

The Purist.

The Purist’s head is in the clouds—literally. Having spent untold sleepless nights torturing herself over why she does what she does, her angsty relationship with climbing often emerges as self-righteousness. Convinced her fast-and-light style is the only one that stands up to conceptual scrutiny, she’s forgotten how to have fun, and can now only experience said emotion in retrospect (“Type-2”). Still, her ability to quote Mark Twight, recite Nietzsche, and climb 5.12 gym routes in mountain boots is noteworthy—if only she’d stop reminding you. Although primarily an alpinist, the Purist can assume many forms, including the bolt-chopper and free soloist. She’s recently discredited all her previous ascents and now considers any expedition that doesn’t start human-powered from sea level to be in “poor style.”

Dreams of:

  • Getting back to basecamp alive
  • A lasting sense of satisfaction
  • Longer weather windows
  • Ankle weights for harder StairMaster workouts

Stomping Grounds:

  • North Cascades, Washington
  • Bugaboos, British Columbia
  • Alaska Range, Alaska
  • Patagonia
  • Baffin Island, Nunavut
  • Your local gym’s StairMaster


  • Type-2 fun
  • Blue bag (alpine poop bag)
  • Attitude at altitude
  • ‘Schrund
  • V-thread/Abalakov
  • Piolet
  • Gendarme

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