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Spring Break

on Fri, 04/11/2014 - 22:31

Spring break has come and gone for most, though I hear Las Vegas students don't get it until the end of April. For the rest of the country, we've all returned to work and school, having taken a road trip to the mountains, desert, or sea.  

It may have been a long trip.  A Numb Ass. One sun burnt forearm holding the wheel, the other reaching for salty chips. Endless suburbs of repeating designs and colors as we pass the city outskirts.  Music playing which no one in particular decided upon. Asphalt to the horizon as we pass through the wilder country.

It's Happy New Year!...not Goodbye Old Year!

on Fri, 12/27/2013 - 22:27

For a culture built on immigrants, forward thinkers, and inventors, I am always shocked by the amount of time that is spent looking backwards as we approach the New Year.  The air waves are full of obits, the internet filled with best-things-of-the-year-to-buy-lists, the papers debate what went wrong for the past 12 months.

Don't get me wrong, I'm a huge fan of analysis.  I often look back at a route I just clawed my way up and find myself judging.

The Next Steven Spielberg

on Mon, 11/25/2013 - 00:36

I've read a lot of books.  Seen movies ad nauseum.  I've hiked many a mountain trail.  Climbed routes, skied runs, biked paths.  In other words, I've done a lot of activity consumtion in my life.

And, occasionally, I've stopped to consider the person who made it all possible.  The trail workers who put in my favorite hike in Glenwood Canyon.  The woman who cut the trees on the best runs at Sunlight Mountain.  And, when I was 13, Steven Spielberg for making Jurassic Park.  All of them have received positive vibes at one time or another.

But at no time have I ever though, "hey, I think I'd

Committing Purgatory to Memory

on Mon, 11/11/2013 - 16:38

Since moving to Colorado, I've made the decision to elevate my fitness level.  Little by little.  At first I could walk about half of a mile before needing to turn around.  It was a bit of a downer actually.  Self doubt crept into my mind, telling me I should stop.  A voice in my head said that I didn't deserve to live here amongst Olympians and Peak Baggers.  But objectively I told myself that I'd rather do what I can than nothing at all.  So a 1/2 mile I did; each day, over and over.  Then it expanded.  Little by little.

Access Alert: Shangri-La Closed to Recreationalists

on Wed, 11/06/2013 - 00:04

A public notice was sent out to all climbing media outlets this morning regarding access to Shangri-La and Karakal (~8500M).  WetPup Media has received a copy of this document and has been pouring over its nearly 1/2 page of information for hours in an attempt to make heads or tales of it. The document, with its cryptic title "Shrangri-La and Surrounding Mountains Closed Until Further Notice", has been reprinted in its entirety below (all bracketed statements were added by Wetpup):

Shrangri-La and Surrounding Mountains Closed Until Further Notice

As of this morning, I am putting a ban on