If you’re new to this blog and haven’t yet read Level II Fun, Part I, you might want to go back and do so. This post picks up where the last one left off. For those returning to the blog, recall that I had had a very bad day on Mt. Tom, was sunburnt, dehydrated,…
The Magic Bus: Living and Dying on the Stampede Trail
Another hiker has died trying to reach the magic bus, the bus made famous by the 2007 Sean Penn film Into the Wild, starring Emile Hirsch. That’s the headline from two days ago out of Healy, Alaska. If you’re a reader of this blog you’ve almost certainly either read the book or seen the film. …
Level II Fun (Part 1): The Pain Cave
Why do we consciously choose to do things that cause us pain in the moment, only in retrospect to look back and say, “You know what? That was fun.” The outdoors community refers to this as level II fun. Some of the answers may be found here.
How (Not) to Give a Wedding Gift
What does a Nature lover and adventure writer gift to friends for their wedding? It may not be what you think. The next installment in the How (Not) To series is a little funny, a little serious, and all good. Names and deets have been changed to protect the innocent.
How to Build a Home: Taste the Rainbow Part Two
We who are asking to expand these definitions to create a more inclusive atmosphere are not also demanding that the industry eliminate the grandiose; rather, we ask that the humble also be part of what it means to adventure.
Emergency Blog Post: Trump’s Attack on Our National Parks
Let me first say that this piece will not really be political. At least, I don’t think so. What it will be is a defense of our national parks, which are badly in need of repair and are already operating on a shoe-string budget. Tonight, as America celebrates the birth of a nation, Trump plans…
The Contemplative Life: Learning to Value Denkwerk
What happens when a society stops valuing thinking as work? What happens when commodities become more important than the people that produce them?
In Through the Out Door: How Going Out Into Nature Leads Us In to Our Truest Selves
Why do people go outside? I mean, besides the obvious, like having to go to work or move from the house to some other point in the world. What draws those of us inspired by nature out? Why do some people choose to suffer through freezing rain, sleet, sub-zero temperatures: or risk injuries that range…
Mountain Madness: The Limits of Human Endurance and Lessons the Mountains Teach
I was running down the mountain as fast as I could, while still being safe, trying to quickly return to the car to retrieve water so that I could hike back up the mountain to deliver some much-needed hydration to Logan. Then, I heard it. A shrieking howl piercing the wilderness, tearing through the trees…
How Nature Makes Us Better
Dear Readers, As I continue to try to find a work life balance that works for this blog, as well as the time to keep original content coming, please check out the podcast I’ve uploaded on how nature helps to keep us healthy and well. If you’re a smartphone user click on the menu link…