Last Winter in Western NC

Oct 14th 2016 — Asheville,Family,NC and Kentucky — 10:14 am

I felt like getting back to NC and having a roof over my head would make everything coherent. Didn’t quite work out completely as I planned. But what does, right? It was nice to see my family and be around the softness of the Appalachian Mountains.

Davy and Me Hiking Cold Mountain Cold Mountain 2 Davy on Rock Shrooms Woods Rumbling Bald Looking Glass Rock Hike with Mom Bartram's Walk Linville Gorge

David Foster Wallace – This is Water

Oct 8th 2016 — Uncategorized — 9:51 am

“Because, as it turn out, a huge percentage of what I am automatically sure of tends to be totally wrong and deluded”.

“The really important kind of freedom involves attention, and awareness, and discipline, and effort, and being able truly to care about other people and to sacrifice for them, over and over, in myriad petty little unsexy ways, every day.”

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Southwest Traveling

Oct 8th 2016 — Misc — 9:10 am

The next few weeks consisted of basically looking for places to go to be warm. At one point we were at the Grand Canyon on an extremely cold and windy day. Lots of time was spent in the visitor center trying to be warm.

Eventually we drove down to southern Arizona, going as far south as Organ Pipe National Monument, on the border of Mexico. It was blissfully warm but not much going on down there. Tuscon, AZ involved visiting Saguaro National Park and some rock climbing at Mt. Lemmon.

We were invited to Thanksgiving at our friend Michelle’s parents house in Sedona, Arizona. That was a lovely stay. No longer cold, being treated like family. We spent several days there, exploring the area with Michelle and her awesome parents. My first time in Sedona. It is a gorgeous area filled with new-agey people and red cliffs.

A few days in Sedona and Maggie and I drove back to Moab. We spent one last evening up at Dead Horse Point State Park. She had plans to check out the Sierra Nevada’s and my plan was to drive back to Asheville, NC.

Grand Canyon Organ Pipe Organ Pipe 2 Saguaro National Park Tuscon Barrel Cactus Cactus Saguaro National Park Mt Lemmon Tuscon Sedona La Sal Mountains

Kelso Dunes

Oct 1st 2016 — California — 8:13 am

Halfway between Las Vegas and Joshua Tree National Park is the Mojave National Preserve. A surreal landscape of jagged mountains and endless desert valleys. There are some giant sand dunes in there, we camped a couple nights and checked them out.

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Joshua Tree National Park

Aug 7th 2016 — California,Climbing,National Parks — 10:49 am

A few days in a otherworldly part of southern California last November. Thank you Valerie for arranging the accommodations and to your sister for allowing us to stay at her Airbnb spot.

Michael Guitar Desert Val Walking Cholla HIking 2 Slabby Climb 2 Tent Spot

Desert Rambling

Aug 7th 2016 — Moab,Utah — 10:15 am

These pictures are from back in the beginning of November.

Fisher Towers Jumaring Kingfisher Fisher Towers 2 Fisher Towers 3 I Sky Rainbow Double Rainbow 1 Double Rainbow 2 Pano

Ancient Art

Jun 14th 2016 — Climbing,Moab — 1:15 pm

A few days later we headed out to climb a formation in the Fisher Towers called Ancient Art. It is probably one of the most popular desert towers in the world.

Fisher Towers Ancient Art Pitch 1 Pitch 2 Pitch 3 Fresh Yo The Spire Attempt Almost Parking Lot Hiking Out Playerz

October in Canyonlands

Jun 13th 2016 — Canyonlands — 9:10 pm

Well hello there. It has been a while. Hope everything is good in your part of the world.

Playing a bit of catchup here.

This is from an evening hike in late October of last year. Canyonlands might just be my favorite National Park.

Sign Shot Canyonlands Sky Shafer Trail View IMG_8289 Clouds Sunset Sunset 2 Walking Out

Moab Madness

Jan 1st 2016 — Climbing,Indian Creek — 11:13 am

This all took place in the middle of October. 5 days or so at Indian Creek with great people.

Cole Landing Conor Coming in Hot The Wall The Wall Conor Six Shooter Evening Reservoir Wall Reservoir Wall Camping Night Jews on Crack Sweden-Ringle Tea Battle of the Buldge Fall Cat Burglar Cat Wall Rain Group Shot

Jah Man

Nov 3rd 2015 — Climbing,Moab,Utah — 10:26 am

We drove from the La Sals down to Castle Valley to climb my second desert tower ever. Much warmer!

Looking Gearing Up Third Pitch IMG_8116 Sister Superior Group Summit Rappel Belay Last Rappel Sister Superior Group Getting Down

Fall Climbing in the La Sals

Oct 31st 2015 — Climbing,Moab — 11:59 am

Two lovely days with cold nights reminding you of the oncoming winter.

Aspen Grove Aspens Clouds Aspens Light Aspens Mountain Screwface La Sals Guava Jelly Time Will Tell Evening Aspens

First Few Days in Moab

Oct 29th 2015 — Climbing,Moab,Utah — 9:28 am

Bridger Jack Spires Excuse Station Slot Machine Ledge Yo Creek Pasture Dead Horse 1 Dead Horse 2 Dead Horse 3

A Week in Missoula

Oct 26th 2015 — Missoula,Montana — 7:38 am

A short visit to one of my favorite places with some of my favorite people. Made even shorter by a weird and really painful throat issue.

Cole's Neighbor Conor Shooting Clouds Clark Fork Kootenai Crossing Kootenai Dude Climbing Hil Leo

The Route of the Hiawatha

Oct 24th 2015 — Biking — 8:10 pm

Cole had the genius idea to ride the Route of the Hiawatha when his Mom was visiting. I got to tag along. The weather was perfect.

First Tunnel Inside Cole Tunnel Fall Colors Tunnel Road Colors 2 Bridge 1 Big Bridge Tunnel 3 More Bridges Cole

Hunting With Al

Oct 22nd 2015 — Bozeman,Montana — 8:58 am

My first time walking through the woods carrying a gun looking for something to shoot.

Al Me Snow Trees Lee Metcalf Wildnerness View Al and Ski Sun Bird

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