Category: NOLS

May 17, 2015 / / Alpine Notes

Isn’t actually a road at all, at least in the direction from which we are approaching.  Initially it is a wide expanse of white snow,…

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July 22, 2014 / / Alpine Notes

As usual, I wished for rain.  It is always easier on the ego than feigning a case of the Sphinx Sphincter or Gannett Gut, things…

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March 31, 2014 / / Livin the dream

27 November 2013–Ambivalence mattered today. Jim and I have passed the planning torch over to the students. They are working in groups of two to…

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December 13, 2013 / / Alpine Notes

How can something so beautiful be so, so… unforgiving, or maybe unwelcoming? The mountains of New Zealand are cruel mistresses. They tempt me with their…

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December 7, 2013 / / Alpine Notes
December 2, 2013 / / Alpine Notes
November 6, 2013 / / New Zealand
November 2, 2013 / / Alpine Notes

Twenty-four hours ago we waded, almost thoughtlessly, across the calf deep McCoy Stream, climbed the stony embankment and walked to the small hut on the…

Read the PostThe Real McCoy

October 8, 2013 / / Alpine Notes

October 1st 2013 1100 — “Man, sometimes the group decision making process drives me insane”  Sean utters as he crawls into the vestibule.  One hand…

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September 5, 2013 / / Livin the dream

The square, white boxes stand out garishly against the lush, verdant hillside and are the first thing I notice as we drive past the property…

Read the PostA Work In Progress

July 17, 2013 / / NOLS
June 15, 2013 / / NOLS

The rain woke me up, its heavy consistent patter on my tent fly.  Camped as I was in a small sandy alcove somewhere between the…

Read the PostBinge and Purge

May 15, 2013 / / Alpine Notes

“Want to bet on what the weather does mañana?” I ask Christian. “I think it will be clear” he says after a moments reflection. “Hmmm,…

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December 15, 2012 / / Alpine Notes

Porters Ski Field Winter 2012 — “Shiddaduduh” Hayden Gemmell points out to a skier as they are getting on the tow line.  The skier turns…

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December 12, 2012 / / Alpine Notes

25-27 November 2012 — Blue sky is somewhere above.  Christian sits in “my” vestibule and pumps the Whisperlite.  The smell of white gas permeates the…

Read the PostThe Waiting