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Morromico Bay, Chocó, Colombia | July, 2018

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Lost on Everest Livestream

Tomorrow, June 8, 2024, is the 100th Anniversary of George Mallory and Andrew Irvine's disappearance high on Mount Everest. As most of you know, this story and mystery has been a big part of my life for 25 years, and remains so. To commemorate the day and honor the men, I'll be doing something that, […]

Embracing the Privilege of Defeat

It’s been almost 100 years - we’ll hit the centenary this Saturday, June 8, 2024 - since George Mallory and Andrew Irvine famously vanished in the mists less than 1,000 feet from the summit of Mount Everest. Their disappearance understandably sparked a century of debate - a debate which continues rigorously to this day - […]

RNAI: Khumbu Icefall - Fast or Slow?

It was, without doubt, a stunning morning on Mount Everest. Perhaps even perfect. No wind, bright sun, an impossibly blue sky. The only issue was I was in the Khumbu Icefall. Not that the Icefall is all bad - it isn’t. It’s immensely interesting, engaging, from the audible creaks and pops and groans of ice […]


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Ancient Rock Art, Eiseley, and Unanswered Questions

A journey into the Colombian Amazon to explore ancient rock art prompts thoughts of Loren Eiseley and innumerable unanswered questions.


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Half a Century, a Few Things Learned, and a Challenge

Note: This was written somewhat on the fly in a couple hours this afternoon, based on thoughts germinating for days. As such, it's likely not the most eloquent bit I've shared. But, hope it makes some sense, and thanks for your literary compassion! Funny how the years seem to creep up, silently, stealthily, lionesque, a […]


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Mountains Matter Every Day

Mountains matter. They matter to me, they should matter to you, they matter to us all, and not just on one day, but every single day.


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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 […]


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