Creative: Kip Brundage, The Cuba Connection

As you know, I am currently scheduled to co-teach a class in Havana in December. Picturing Cuba: Havana and the Countryside, is part of the Santa Fe Photo Workshops Cuba program, which has been happening for quite some time. For … Read More

Adventure: New Mexico Training

My first time hiking Baldy alone, which was fantastic. Not that I don’t enjoy hiking with friends, I do, but working alone allows for the mental and physical games we play. I left the parking lot at 6:15AM but should … Read More

Read: The Push

You would think this is a book about climbing, and it is, but it’s not as much about climbing as it is about a life. There is a translation issue here, and anyone who participates in a “fringe” sport will … Read More

Adventure: Tacoma Build

The Tacoma build is coming along nicely. Almost done actually. I know, I know, I’m never done, but I’m closer than you think. I’m not a total truck nut. Well, I am but it’s all about USING the truck that … Read More

Read: Over the Edge

Again, I’m a bit behind the times here but after a visit to the local climbing gym my taste for climbing literature has, once again, risen about the waterline. Over the Edge by Greg Child covers the adventure, history and … Read More

Adventure: New Mexico Training (Phase 2)

I’ve been here for less than a week, but I’m okay with the altitude, so it was time to stretch things out a bit. I started on Monday with a totally open half day. Drove to Aspen Vista and just … Read More

Adventure: New Mexico Fly Fishing

Up early. Up north. Fires rage to the south, east and more north. Huge smoke plume through the bug streaked windshield but the white mushroom is moving in the other direction, for now. We are dry here, so dry that … Read More

Adventure: Altas Packs, Athlete Next Gen

The latest generation of the Atlas Athlete on the left and the prior generation on the right. The new bag is a large and the older version is a medium, hence the difference in height. This post straddles the “Creative” … Read More

Creative: New Mexico Training

I turned the bike over and what was stuck to the bottom was enough to make me retch. It was Guantanamo Bay material. Show this substance to someone, they tell you what you want to know. So, I cleaned it. … Read More

Adventure: Running at 49 1/2

Yesterday I did a four mile run. Midway through, while suffering and wondering how to keep the pain at bay, I realized I might have stumbled on something genius. My father retired in his forties then promptly spent the next … Read More

Adventure: Salomon SpeedCross 3

I’ve posted this route many times before, but this was the first time I ran the entire first half, 3.5 miles of steep ups and downs. Now, I actually COULD have run the entire thing, but the return trip is … Read More

Adventure: Anza Borrego

The Tacoma in the middle for scale. We finally got out. The original plan was a three-truck caravan into the backcountry, but the first two trucks had to pull out. I’m not entirely equipped for backcountry solo excursions, in the … Read More

Adventure: California Training

I had a good weekend, a fun weekend. But I’m tired. I’m not twenty. In eight months I’ll be fifty. But right before the hike you see below, I stopped to talk to a guy who had an Outside Van … Read More

Read: Patagonian Road

My singular question about this book is the title. I’m not entirely sure why the title is what it is because the author travels solo from Guatemala to Argentina with the ghost of Paul Theroux as her only guide, so … Read More

Creative: NoCal Coast

I wasn’t sure where to post this. Adventure or Creative? Take your pick because it straddles both. I slept in my truck, built a fire and walked remote and wrinkled pieces of Earth, but I also made images, used my … Read More

Adventure: California Training

As you will see, I’m establishing a pattern, but before I comment further I’d just like to say that none of this really matters. At all. Exercise, for those who love it, is an integral part of…..something, but what that … Read More

Adventure: California Training

My feet hurt. For some unknown reason I felt like running yesterday, so I did. And now I realize how old and brittle I really am. I didn’t just run any little old trail. No, I decided to run a … Read More

Read: Icefall

The world is a dangerous place. For John All the danger comes in falling into a crevasse, alone in the high mountains near Everest. And on top of Everest and in the sticky Central American jungle among other places, and … Read More