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A little bit less of a nomad now, Jared still likes to refer to himself in the third person.

January 13, 2019 / / Alpine Notes

(Author’s note: here is a piece I wrote about six years ago.  I may have published this before, but… whatevs.   My mind always wanders to this place, particularly this…

December 29, 2018 / / Risk and Responsibility

For those of you who pay attention to detail, you may have noticed that I changed the tagline on my blog.  Thanks Leonard Cohen.  I think there is a lot…

December 25, 2018 / / The Inner Workings

Standing in my living room, looking at a growing daylight spreading across the mountains, I seek the truths of who I am.  I like climbing.  I like working for NOLS…

November 29, 2018 / / Alpine Notes

[Editors Note: I was recently “on deck” for NOLS to go to New Zealand to fill an emergency staffing position and this piece is one of the many things that…

October 31, 2018 / / The Inner Workings

It is that dark hour before the dawn where, with tackiness in my eyes, I try to focus on the light that slides past the drawn shade.  The wall captures…

September 25, 2018 / / Alpine Notes

“Lets run the Petzoldt”, I joke as we regroup from our last down.  Anna is the quarterback and in this pick-up game of football, that makes the rest of wide…

August 30, 2018 / / Climbing

We hunker.  The ambient air temperature is 45 degrees and last night’s dusting of snow cloaks Gannet and its cohorts.  A cold wind whips down from the Dinwoody Glacier, pushing…

July 31, 2018 / / Horses

September 2015–It is a classic September morning in the Wind River Range. Orange, yellow, and reds splash across the frost covered meadows framing the meandering, slow moving Fall Creek. Upstream,…

June 23, 2018 / / Alpine Notes

Is it possible to de-assess myself?  Stress is weighing on me, heavier than the sixty pounds of gear and food I am shouldering up this long, steep gully.  Kick, kick,…

May 27, 2018 / / The Inner Workings

“What the fuck are you doing?” “God damn it.” “Fucking A Spaulding…” Those words roll off my tongue with an alacrity I didn’t know I had.  I didn’t know that…

April 30, 2018 / / What Mattered Today

March 2016—Purple, red, and pink streaking from the setting sun paints the sky.  My shifting eyes dart around, searching, they try to take it all in. Here, there, and everywhere…

March 30, 2018 / / Livin the dream

“Sorry about being a moody, irritable, asshole this afternoon” I say sheepishly to Kate as she leans against the kitchen counter.  What I don’t say, but could have was “sorry…

February 10, 2018 / / Climbing

“What does one have to do to get in your blog?” John asks as we rope up below the Red Rock classic, Black Magic. I think for a moment.  “I…

January 21, 2018 / / Alpine Notes

Editor’s Note: I am missing this so much right now. I have made eight trips to Patagonia over the past decade, and have been there for the past six Januarys. There…

December 26, 2017 / / East Africa

Coming out of Arusha’s Empire Club late at night, I was pretty sure I didn’t want to get on a motorcycle for the ride home.  Despite my request, Sulley stopped…