Category: Desert Notes

Musings of a desert nature…

April 6, 2016 / / Desert Notes

The cold, clear December night was in its infancy, early enough that Orion was still low on the eastern horizon, having just risen over the…

Read the PostThe Reminders at Hand

March 24, 2016 / / Climbing
February 23, 2016 / / Climbing

“Man that line is awesome” I say to no one in particular.  Of the king lines we have seen this one has by far drawn…

Read the PostRiver of Dreams

June 8, 2013 / / Climbing

It was not with eager anticipation that I shouldered my gear laden backpack in the now paved, super-sized parking lot of Donnelly Canyon and started…

Read the PostA Love Affair

April 14, 2013 / / Climbs

    Click HERE to purchase Capitol Gorgeous, THE climbing guide to Capitol Reef National Park and Wayne County, UT.   This is a small volume to big adventure …

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April 9, 2013 / / Climbing

When I feed the rat it keeps wanting more, but funnily enough, when I don’t feed it the rat doesn’t die, it simply  goes dormant…

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March 7, 2013 / / Climbing

“Wow, that was the best pitch yet” Liz exclaims as she mantles onto to the white, rounded sandstone at the top of a varnished finger…

Read the PostThe Beast Within

March 1, 2012 / / Desert Notes

November 2011— In Greek mythology as well astronomy, it is common knowledge that Orion the hunter, madly in love with an unrequiting Merope, chases her…

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October 24, 2011 / / Climbs

It was on Scott’s list.  It was his goal but I didn’t really mind doing it either.  Standing at the base looking up at the…

Read the PostAdventure Punks

July 17, 2011 / / Desert Notes

Twenty eight hours and ten minutes.   Damn that little red notebook that innocently and quietly recorded my dreams and goals, even then it continued to…

Read the PostRunning Down a Dream

July 12, 2011 / / Desert Notes

This is a rough draft of a chapter from the forthcoming guidebook that is to be published by Fixed Pin Publishing. Eph Hanks Tower Eph…

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May 4, 2011 / / Desert Notes

I wake up. Sometimes it is in the back of my truck, sometimes in a tent. It is usually in a sleeping bag. I usually…

Read the PostAnother Day

March 22, 2011 / / Climbing

My 33rd birthday came and went without much fanfare.  I climbed a bunch of fun face routes up on the Zappa Wall in Cochise Stronghold. …

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January 13, 2011 / / Desert Notes

This is an excerpt from my book The Art of Spoon Making So why the heck would any one want to carve a spoon?  That…

Read the PostWhy A Spoon?