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Morromico Bay, Chocó, Colombia | July, 2018

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Me Say War

Strangely, reggae pulsed through my brain as I hiked through the snow to our yurt this morning. No, South Park, Colorado, was not having a reggae fest, and I was not listening to music. (I never do in the hills, as nature’s music is more than enough.) This was internal music, a soundtrack of the […]

Giving Tuesday: dZi Foundation

A few weeks back, I gazed across a great gorge, that of the mighty, raging Hunku Khola. Rushing waters coursing from the glaciers of Chamlang, Baruntse, Mera, and innumerable other high peaks carved the valley below me over eons. A spectacular feat of geology and hydrology, and an intimidating one for a trekker. As I […]

Thankful Thoughts

It's a challenge to be thankful these days. The world seems awash with horror and tragedy, wars and famines and vitriol sucking marrow from the bone of humanity. And the relentless algorithms that control so much of our lives feast on calamity, serving it up in heaping spoonfuls again and again. If we look, though, […]


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George Mallory’s Words on His Birthday

It was on this day (June 18th) in 1886 that George Herbert Leigh Mallory was born in Moberly, Cheshire to a clergyman. I have written plenty about he and Andrew Irvine’s fateful summit bid on Mount Everest on June 8, 1924, and won’t repeat myself here. But, in some pretty exciting news, my friend Conrad […]

Mallory & Irvine and the Second Step

Did George Mallory and Andrew Irvine reach the summit of Everest on June 8, 1924? Could they have climbed the famed and difficult Second Step?


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Charles Houston & The Brotherhood of the Rope

Lessons from the K2 1953 expedition that remind us what is truly important in critical decision making, especially when big goals and high risk are involved.


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Don’t Think…Blink

Trusting our instinct, our intuition, is critical in decision making, especially when we don't have the luxury of long-term analysis.


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