Category Archives: Hiking!

Skiing Is Believing

In October, I climbed Mount Saint Helens by moonlight and when I stood on the summit at sunrise, I felt the mountain rumble beneath my feet. On the way back down, sliding freely down the loose scree slope on the soles of my … Continue reading

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Where Warm Waters Halt…On the Trail of Treasure in the Rocky Mountains!

“Where warm waters halt… where warm waters halt… where warm waters halt.” For two summers, I’ve been exploring the Rocky Mountains with those words on my mind. Why those four words in particular? Because I believe they lead to a … Continue reading

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Finding D.O.G.

Six years ago today, I took a road trip to Monument Valley, near the Arizona – Utah border, and crossed paths with a spirit animal in the shape of a bedraggled dog. Keeping a skinny, filthy, half-wild mutt could have been a … Continue reading

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Winter in the Mountains

Hey everybody! I’ve been getting emails from readers over the past few weeks, asking if I’m ok since I haven’t posted in awhile. Thanks for the concern. I’m just fine. In fact, I’m fantastic! Sorry for the lack of posts lately. … Continue reading

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Washington Cascades: Mount Saint Helens by Moonlight

When I was a kid, my Uncle Frank gave me a jar of ash from the 1980 eruption of Mount Saint Helens. I wasn’t born yet when the mountain blew its top, but that jar of fine grey powder – … Continue reading

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Wonderful Life: Hike to the Burgess Shale!

Hey everybody, today is National Fossil Day! In celebration, here’s a repost of one of my favorite stories, Wonderful Life, about my hike to the Burgess Shale fossil beds in British Columbia. Enjoy!  When I was young, my dad took … Continue reading

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Climb On Smith Rock, Part 2: Monkey Face!

In 2006, I was living in Oregon, working four days a week on an organic farm. The other three days I’d go exploring, taking trips to the coast, the river valleys, the Cascades, the eastern desert, enjoying the incredible diversity … Continue reading

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Climb On Smith Rock: Part 1

Back in Jackson, Wyoming in July, I met a couple of guys at the laundromat who were living out of a VW van, hitting all the classic climbing spots from Kentucky to Alaska. They had just come down off the Grand … Continue reading

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Hiking In Hunting Season

Fall is my favorite hiking season, with one major drawback: it’s also hunting season. I don’t have a problem sharing the woods with sportsmen, as long as they hunt responsibly, but being around flying bullets does tend to put me … Continue reading

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Washington Cascades: Mount Adams!

I must admit an error. When I reposted the “Special Auction” post the other day, I was working on my phone, from a free campsite on the flank of Mount Adams and I neglected to remove the paragraph about this being … Continue reading

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