Category: NOLS

November 19, 2017 / / East Africa

“That’s not rain, it is Chuck Norris pee!” KG yells across the maelstrom to the neighboring tent.  There is no pitter patter of rain, just…

October 25, 2017 / / East Africa
October 23, 2017 / / NOLS

I sit there, entitled to my crammed seat, or one would suspect, given my non-deference to the elderly, the mothers, the workers.  It doesn’t feel…

December 11, 2016 / / Horses

Zero five-hundred comes early. Burgers, beers, friends, and whiskey quickly turn twenty-three hundred into zero two-hundred pretty quickly as well. I guess that is why…

August 24, 2016 / / Horses
August 5, 2016 / / Alpine Notes

24 July 2017–The waning gibbous moon provides ample early morning light as our crampons crunch on less than hard snow. Despite the ample ambient lighting,…

October 30, 2015 / / New Zealand
September 28, 2015 / / Alpine Notes

They are the best of times, they are the worst of times, they are places of wisdom, they are places of foolishness, they are places…

September 11, 2015 / / NOLS

The following is an essay that I wrote shortly after returning from my first NOLS course as an instructor.  I am posting it here, today…

June 5, 2015 / / Gear

(Editors Note:  In the summer of 2013, I worked a course with Adam Swisher and Peter Nichols.  For some reason we became infatuated with our…

May 17, 2015 / / India

The plane touched down sometime around ten pm.  Next to me, Brenna leaned forward and peered out the small window at the light subdued darkness. …

May 17, 2015 / / India

The day started much like the previous ones in India, with us cooking on a porch and rain falling from the sky.  This morning we…

May 17, 2015 / / Alpine Notes

Cassiopeia and Ursa Major make their slow, daily rotation around the hulking 6,611 meter shoulder of the Nanda Devi satellite peak, Nanda Khat (the bed…

May 17, 2015 / / Alpine Notes

All I want to do is lie back down, curl up and rest.  Sleep won’t come, but the lethargy is winning its battle. “I accidentally…

May 17, 2015 / / Alpine Notes

Above me white puffs of cloud swirl in and out of blue skies.  They coalesce out of nothingness, dance and paint the blue sky canvas…