Do Epic Shit!

The weekend started much like any other long, outdoor weekend of mine – backpack, hiking boots, Ethyl, etc. This adventure, however, was destined to be a little different. After hiking Everest Base Camp, I wanted to up-the-anty and see if I was up for something a little more extreme. My girlfriend, Melissa, is the perfect fuel to…

Everest Base Camp Days 5-8 and Summit

EBC Day 5 – Dingbouche acclimatization day Today was an easy day in comparison to the others. Late breakfast and a short acclimatization hike; three hours and about 1000 ft of elevation gain. It was beautiful to stand at the Gampa that was built overlooking the village and watch the prayer flags flapping in the…

Everest Base Camp Days 1-4

EBC day 1 – Kathmandu to Phakding We sat at dinner last night with angst and tension. The flight to Lukla is harrowing to say the least. A little runway, cut into the side of a mountain 2650 meters above sea level – it’s the most dangerous airport in the world. Most were hesitant about…

Home

I’ve spent weeks graced by the presence of friends and family and have been able to share Ethyl’s adventures with some of my favorite people. As a result, tonight, I had a comfortable, heated guest room and a bathroom, really nearby, but instead I wandered out to the driveway. . . I was drawn to…

Filling my Soul . . .

  Life is a series of moments strung together into hours, and days, and years, and one of my biggest fears is that I’ll miss the moments and wake up 50 years later having missed the one chance I have at this life. I catch myself spending precious moments rehearsing for the future or reliving…

Ditch the plan . . . 

I planned to visit Waterton Lakes National Park as a one night trip; it’s a small park and I hadn’t found more than a few things that peeked my interest in my very sparse, pre-trip, research. But as is my norm, I stopped off at the backcountry desk at the visitor center and asked about…

Ethyl brakes for bears . . . and goats and sheep

I set out on this trip being a bit concerned about bears; reading all the books, which by-the-way, all give conflicting advice on what to do in the event of an encounter, except carry bear spray, remain calm, back away facing the bear but don’t run. Oh, and don’t cook near your tent, or sleep…

Canyonlands . . . a connection through time

I sat in an alcove, on the side of an ancient plateau and faced the setting sun. The desert landscape with its dramatic canyons and island monuments is naturally orange and the warmth of the dropping sun turned that to a vivid, vibrant version of itself. The bright light warmed my face as I squinted…

Stepping outside (my comfort zone) . . .

The setting sun exploded in the cloudy sky, and I sat atop the world as I watched the light turn to a soft warmess that only happens when it nears the horizon. This is my place of solice. It is also my place of empowerment. It is the resting place of my beloved dog’s ashes and…

Favorites

A wise friend of mine does not ask her kids, “How was you day?” She asks “What was your favorite part?” So taking a page from her chapter . . . Here are a few of our favorite things from a 48 hour trip to Death Valley with my friend Kat. 1. Slow-rolling Ethyl into…