Category: Wyoming

They call it the Equality State. I call it home. Call it what you will, these posts are in some way related to the Cowboy State…

May 21, 2017 / / Place

Blades of purple peaks, like the backs of lumbering dinosaurs, break the horizon, giving perspective to an immense flatness. Wind barrels across the nothingness, faster…

Read the PostThe Something of Nothing

March 22, 2017 / / Alpine Notes

Eventually, in the parking lot, gear and people sprawled everywhere, Jim came clean. “Jared, I need to tell you something.” The wry, maybe it was…

Read the PostThe Lies That Bind

February 27, 2017 / / Alpine Notes

Jackson Hole Mountain Guides’ office is in a strip mall at the south end of town. The facade and interior are not classically strip mall-esque,…

Read the PostPowder of Persuasion

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…

Read the PostRe-rationing the Spirit

September 30, 2016 / / Climbing

18 September 2015–Aahh the feelings of inadequacy that come with not being able to send the project. Not good enough. Wanting it too bad. People…

Read the PostFailures

August 24, 2016 / / Horses
June 5, 2016 / / Climbing

As with so many of my vertically inclined endeavors, this one seemed doubtful from the start.  It was to be a short afternoon of clipping…

Read the PostThe Reason (part III)

May 7, 2016 / / Alpine Notes

It started the same way and ended the same way.  Driving in, the road was still rough.  Walking out the beers were still in the…

Read the PostRestorations

August 25, 2015 / / Alpine Notes

Doubt, fear’s twin brother, confidently raised it’s beastly head today. It came as I stared upward at the imposing chimneys. It was there again as…

Read the PostTerra Incognita

September 1, 2014 / / Climbing
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…

Read the PostSphinx Sphincter

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

February 10, 2013 / / Alpine Notes

“Get up.  Today we climb.”  I pull back inside the tent after sticking my head out the window.  Unfamiliar constellations shine down brightly from the…

Read the PostAlpine Starts

July 11, 2012 / / Climbing

I make my home in Wyoming, transplanted from the east.  There are a couple reasons why I have chosen to call the Equality State home,…

Read the PostCowboys and Climbers

December 25, 2011 / / Alpine Notes

“Well it looks like it is your lead” Matt says with a motion up toward the crack. “Uhh, you won the rochambeau fair and square. …

Read the PostBlack Elk Speaks