Three weeks ago I got to run across Zion National Park. After weather forced me to cancel the main goal for the summer, I was desperate to find something I could test myself on and see where months of training had gotten me. With a week’s worth of planning and an overflowing car I drove … Continue reading The Double Zion traverse, or what you can learn from a failed plan C.
Today is National Public Lands Day, so here are a few thoughts on the value of public lands. But first, a short story to set the stage. “You’re going too fast!” “Excuse me?” “You’re going too fast and missing out on all the scenery. You should slow down.” “I…umm…have a nice day.” That was a … Continue reading What public lands give us
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August 19-21, 2016: Taking a shot at the second-fastest known time for climbing all nine of Idaho’s 12,000+ foot peaks. This particular challenge began six years ago, in 2010, while I was working for Idaho Wilderness Company as a rafting guide on the Middle Fork of the Salmon river. I was a relative newcomer, and eager to … Continue reading Idaho 12ers
Some days in the mountains are just plain more fun than others. Sometimes poor planning comes back to bite you in the ass, sometimes it makes the adventure even better. Thankfully this weekend was the latter. I’d never been to the Beartooths before, but everything I’d heard about the Beaten Path was that it was stellar. … Continue reading The Beaten Path