United States

Black Canyon

Sep
19

The Hoover Dam. It's big. It's pretty. And it blocks a river. On one side of the dam is Lake Meade. On the other, the Black Canyon Water Trail.

A spontaneous decision to go canoeing along with a bit of luck and an early morning drive got us a permit to launch a canoe just below the Hoover Dam. The cold, crystal clear water welcomed us to this otherwise sweltering desert. We had 12 miles to go and a pickup scheduled the next afternoon--plenty of time to explore.

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James Canyon

Sep
07

I live in a beautiful place and, despite knowing this, I'm still surprised by what I run into near home. James Canyon starts just off I-17 near Flagstaff and works its way into Pumphouse Wash, which lets out at the bottom of the switchbacks of 89A in Oak Creek Canyon. It's about 5.5 miles (8.8 km) of canyon between two major highways that feel as isolated and beautiful as any place I've been. It's also deceptively slow.

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Havasu Canyon

Feb
23

Havasu Canyon, named for the beautiful blue-green water, is home to the Havasupai tribe. Part of the Grand Canyon, it is full of red canyon walls contrasting with turquoise rivers and waterfalls. It's beauty attracts people from all over.

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Grand Canyoneering

Jan
19

Some good friends came to visit me for the weekend. We started with the simple, exploring a few of the National Monuments nearby. After that, we decided to try something a little more adventurous: hike from the rim of the Grand Canyon to the Colorado River and back in a day.

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Ouray

Oct
18

Last winter, my brother and I went to Ouray, Colorado. A reasonable drive from my new home, I wanted to show my brother what I enjoy so much about ice climbing.

The Ouray Ice Park is an awesome place. This natural gorge has water pipes running along the top rim . Many years ago, some clever climbers decided to tap the pipes to run water down the cliffs. This makes for very reliable ice climbing conditions with some awesome climbs. As a bonus, the natural hot springs in town make an excellent way to relax after a day on the ice.

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New Beginnings

Oct
18

As some of you know, I recently moved to Flagstaff. Things have been busy and I'm way behind on my travel photos but even staying home can be an adventure. Simple yet special. These are some photos from near my new home--a bit of mountain climbing, playing in the river, the recent eclipse in Flagstaff's beautiful dark night skies, and even some ancient pueblo ruins. Lots more to do here--I'm looking forward to it.

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Mammoth Adventures

Jun
22

Ever get a taste of something and hunger for more? Happens to me a lot.

One case of this was a caving tour I went on as a child, the Trog Tour at Mammoth Cave National Park. While I've been in plenty of caves since then, I always wanted to come back and try the adult version at Mammoth--the Wild Cave Tour, taking you into places in this wondrous cave system that most of the public never gets to see. Sadly, this tour is very popular and has been sold out every time I've tried to go in the past.

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Meaningful Meetings

Mar
09

So this weekend I was in New York City again. I could easily talk about the wonderful food, the beautiful sights, the amazing random street performances (like those in the videos below) or any number of other things. But those aren't what made this weekend special. This weekend I was able to simultaneously meet up with three of my best friends from university, two of whom I hadn't even seen for almost ten years (although the internet has helped keep in touch). The fact that we were in one of my favorite cities taking advantage of the opportunities available was simply a bonus.

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Mount Washington

Feb
28

Originally having planned to go skiing this weekend, that plan fell through due to lack of commitment from anyone else. Luckily, similar lack of commitment freed up space on a trip with the Alpine Club of Canada to Mount Washington, New Hampshire (USA) and they were happy to let me join them.

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New York

Aug
27

So Brian and Olga, my wonderful cousins from Australia, came to the US for a few weeks recently. They ended that trip in New York City and I was lucky enough to meet up with them for their last weekend.

Now, because they had spent much of a week there already, they had managed to do most of the standard tourist stuff on Manhattan. This left me in the enviable position of showing them some of the less accessible parts of New York that many tourists end up skipping simply due to time constraints.

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