Living the Dream Posts

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…

Read the PostThe Load Ferry

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…

Read the PostThe Challenges

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…

Read the PostDhana Dura

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,…

Read the PostThe Road To Martoli

March 26, 2015 / / Climbing

The steep, hot, unshaded hillside was untrailed, but at least it was covered in pimpenellas, a dry seed with burr like tendencies that got all…

Read the PostCoco Duro

March 3, 2015 / / Alpine Notes
February 15, 2015 / / Gear

(Editor’s note: For a long time I have wanted to start a series of blog posts about gear that works. In reality, all I really…

Read the PostShaniqua

December 26, 2014 / / Livin the dream
November 4, 2014 / / Alpine Notes

“I can’t get all this stuff into my pack.” Whether the first day, the second, or the day after a ten day re-ration, the comment…

Read the PostTrying Harder

October 28, 2014 / / Climbing

Roshambo: a simple, yet effective, ancient, Chinese game of chance. Like many other climbing days of mine, this day started with it. As we ritualistically…

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September 1, 2014 / / Climbing
August 8, 2014 / / Alpine Notes

Bugaboo: an object of fear or alarm; a bogey. Upon seeing the gendarme high on the south ridge of the then unnamed Bugaboo Spire, Conrad…

Read the PostThe Long Way Down?

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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June 11, 2014 / / Livin the dream

I love maps. Road maps, topographical maps, geological maps, political maps, heck, almost any type of map will garner immediate interest from me. I once…

Read the PostDream Weavers

May 1, 2014 / / Livin the dream

“I can see why people say ‘oh Gore Bay… it’s not that great’” Amy says while pulling neoprene off her wet skin. She struggles to…

Read the PostThe Alternative