When I look in my sock drawer I see the last decade of expeditions in Smartwool socks. Alaska, Europe, Nepal, Tibet and Pakistan – they are all the super thick mountaineering style wool in ascending order of ‘worn-out-ness’. I’m reminded of the relationships that have developed over that time – professional and personal. Everything lined [...]
Indifference is why I go to the back country. Time without human measure. My grievances with health, equipment, and judgment bear no consequence to the terrain I enter, only to the fickle rational of my influenced intellect. Mt Antero has a 4×4 road almost to the top. Zach and Fritz sorted out the final route to the top while [...]
It wasn’t a gentle nudge waking me up just after midnight. More of an instantaneous understanding that if I wasn’t outside of my tent in the shortest time possible there would be some smelly consequences… Since my early teens I’ve carried an intestinal hitch-hiker, a viral reminder of my human frailty. In the fraction of [...]
Fritz expertly navigated his loaded teal green 4×4 van up the slippery snow and mud covered road below our first peak. At 9:00 AM we started skiing through snowy sagebrush, across the anti-climatic high plains toward the Mt Shavano/ Tabeguache trailhead. It was already 65 degrees and the plan we agreed to yesterday, for a [...]
I’ve used solar panels on the glaciers of Pakistan with great success. The Brunton 12 volt charges up AA batteries quickly. This trip requires a bit more portability since we will not be skiing or climbing from a base camp. Tara and Herb took a moment from their consuming desert lifestyle to demonstrate the rig. First [...]
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