The first boulder problem I ever topped out was a V0- jug haul in Central Park that couldn’t have been more than eight feet high. My two climbing partners were meeting a few of their gym buddies to work on a problem around the front side of Worthless Boulder, a V4 called Mean Green. I’d watched as they both scampered up the two V1 problems … Continue reading The Weakest Link
Years ago, while staying near the Roosevelt Lodge in Yellowstone with my mom and sister, I fell in love with oatmeal. The lodge served these enormous bowls of Montana Milling Oatmeal with fresh blueberries, brown sugar, walnuts, and a small pitcher of milk on the side. It was marvelous. Prior to indulging in this heavenly breakfast, to me “oatmeal” had meant those packet of instant, … Continue reading Guidelines for Great Muesli
As the holiday season approaches, days get colder, and that familiar smell of peppermint-and-pine-and-spice fills the air, there’s another thought that hits my mind: time to start buying gifts. It’s not that I’m all of a sudden filled with amazing gift ideas and I’m ready to shop – oh no. I just see all the signs for Black Friday and Cyber Monday and think, oh … Continue reading Gifts for Gearheads with Too Much Stuff
I’m going through another one of those need gear now phases. You know the one – where you just really, really, really want some new, shiny, piece of equipment to add to your growing collection. For me, right now, it’s new climbing shoes. I keep looking at them, thinking about buying them, even going as far as to add them to a digital shopping cart before changing … Continue reading So You Want New Gear?
And I don’t mean THAT kind of waste. Continue reading Reducing Waste in the Backcountry
Candy bar oatmeal: kid-tested, parent approved. Well, not parent approved, because I’m not a parent, but as a child-at-heart, this oatmeal is DELICIOUS. If you haven’t tried overnight oats when you’re out backpacking, I highly recommend it. You know those mornings when you want to get up early and get out of camp, and really really really don’t want to have to cook breakfast? Bam, … Continue reading Almond Joy Overnight Oats
Sometime around mid-April of 2017, when I was particularly broke from spending money on my sister’s wedding and spending as much time outside (and as little time working) as possible in the rapidly improving PNW weather, a friend of mine asked if I wanted to go backpacking in Alaska. After about a month of hesitating, and watching the cheap ticket prices slowly increase (and still, … Continue reading Alaska Adventures: Part 1, Denali National Park