July 19, 2017

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July 18, 2017

I woke up at 2am in a tent at 11,000 feet. There had been a storm during the night. Thunder boomed through the mountains and lightning brightened the inside of the tent enough so I could see the startled look on my tent-mate's face. There had been deep moments of doubt...

July 7, 2017

For six months I've been thinking about this day. I've been planning and training and generally obsessing over it. And now it's here. It's finally here.

In a few hours I'll be standing at the foot of the Grand Teton with a bunch of guys I've never met before, throwing...

June 23, 2017

13 days. In 13 days I'll be standing at the base of the Grand Teton, introducing myself to the other climbers in the group, and trying to play it cool despite my nervousness and excitement. 

Most of you probably already know a little about what this climb of the Grand T...

June 14, 2017

I did what I always seem to do - I freaked out, did so much research I got overwhelmed, freaked out some more, asked a bunch of people a bunch of questions, attempted to create a master plan, doubted my plan, analyzed my plan, adjusted my plan, thought about it way too...

June 5, 2017

Tuscarora quartzite spires jutting out of the mountain top, a trail of rocky cliffs overlooking Catawba valley, snakes, poison ivy, and lots and lots of uphill hiking. Welcome to Virginia's Triple Crown: a 38 mile backpacking loop west of Roanoke. 

When you live near se...

May 31, 2017

Let's talk trash. No, seriously. I want to talk to you about trash. Specifically, I want to talk about toilet paper. 

It's amazing (and very upsetting) how much trash I find along the trail on any given hike. On one hike in the Great Smoky Mountains I stopped at a very...

May 17, 2017

I've been on an emotional bungee jump lately. At first I'm enjoying the ride, thinking "This is so exciting! Weeeeee!" but then there's the moment when reality hits and I think "Oh God, have I made a terrible mistake?!" but then I'm rebounded back up into the air think...

May 8, 2017

Every April I start getting Everest fever. Not the fever to climb Everest but the insatiable fever to read about and know everything that's going on during the climbing season. You probably already know that at 29,035' Mt Everest is the tallest mountain on Earth. And y...

April 25, 2017

But, mousie, thou art not alane,
In proving foresight may be in vain,
The best laid schemes of mice and men,
Go oft astray,
And leave us nought but grief and pain,
To rend our day.

Still thou art blessed, compared with me!
The present only touches thee,
But, oh, I bac...

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