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Morromico Bay, Chocó, Colombia | July, 2018

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Gurla Mandhata Memories

A look back after 17 years to a wonderful expedition exploring western Tibet and climbing Gurla Mandhata in this "Real - Not AI" entry.

The Dumbing Down

There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there has always been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that ‘my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.’
- Isaac Asimov

Ego's Triumph

What is our obligation as climbers, as humans, when big goals are at stake? Do we help others, or continue on to a summit? Some thoughts on summits, ego, and humanity on K2, Everest, and in life in this Thursday Thought.


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Thursday Thought: Robert Michael Pyle, Nature Bats Last, and the Optimism of Pessimism

The image [of a coyote lifting a leg] should be struck on a new coin, with Charles Darwin on the other side, not negotiable, but a good-luck coin to remind us of change and evolution, and of creatures that will be happy to adapt if we ourselves cannot…The land has been hurt. Misuse is not to be excused, and its ill effects will long be felt. But nature will not be eliminated…Rain, moss, and time apply their healing bandage, and the injured land at last recovers. Nature is evergreen, after all.



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Thursday Thought: Ganges, Revered and Reviled

The Gaanges River in India is both revered and reviled: it's worshipped as an incarnation of the divine by nearly a billion Hindus, and is also one of the most polluted rivers in the world.


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George Mallory and the Second Step: A Red Herring?

I’ve been slowly having my archive of slides – some 15,000 from past shoots and expeditions – scanned by ScanCafe. The last shipment just came in recently, and included my images from the first Mallory & Irvine Research Expedition in 1999. Wow…Lots of images, taken on my first trip to Everest, and many I had […]


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Photos from Younghusband’s 1903 Expedition to Tibet

Amazing images from Sir Francis Younghusband's expedition to Tibet in 1903 show a world long gone.



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