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Inspiration and stories from the mountains, cultures, peoples, and perspectives of our world.

Morromico Bay, Chocó, Colombia | July, 2018

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To See or Not To See? That is the question for Noel Odell.

On June 8, 1924, Noel Odell reported seeing George Mallory and Andrew Irvine high on the summit ridge of Mount Everest. Did he see them? Could he have seen them? And, where? Was he confused? A series of thoughts, interpretations, and photo analysis on the subject in today's post.

A Fun Resolution

“What kind of training do you do?”  The question, innocent enough, has popped up innumerable times in my life. I never have an answer. Still don’t, because I honestly hate training. It takes the fun out of things, this training business.  Years ago, when my neighbor asked me if I was headed out training - […]

Nan Shepherd & International Mountain Day

Nan Shepherd was ahead of her time, both in her mountain explorations and her insights and perspectives on the mountain realm. On this International Mountain Day 2022, here's a brief celebration of Nan, and of the mountains she cherished and told us so much about.


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Colorado Gives Day!

I am beyond appreciative of how many of you - friends, family, and more - came out and donated to dZi Foundation to help me raise - and match - $4,800 for Wende’s 48th birthday. In less than a week, we’ve already gotten to 52% of the goal - amazing! To all of those who […]


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Give Like a Bodhisattva

While we all may not be able to sacrifice ourselves to a tiger, feed the homeless with God's own cheesecake, or become a bodhisattva, we can all give in our own ways. It's good for us, and good for our world.


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dZi Foundation & #GivingTuesday

We rise by lifting others. - Robert Ingersoll When I first visited Nepal in March 1992, I knew immediately, intuitively almost, it was a place I would return to. From the soaring peaks rising to impossible heights to deep valleys, raging rivers and elusive wildlife, ancient culture and intricate history, the fabric of the nation […]


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Mastering Perfectionism

It should have been - or at least should have felt - pretty darn perfect. After years of dreaming and a couple of failed attempts, I was standing on the summit of Everest. It was just Karma Rita and me, alone on top of the world. Like me, Karma was on top for his first […]


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