Monthly Archives: November 2011

Nurturing Nature in the Eastern Sierra

South Tufa of Mono Lake at sunset What makes the outdoors so great? Nature itself, or our nurturing and altering of it? Mono Lake is the Eastern Sierra’s biggest and most famous lake, but it was drained significantly to bring … Continue reading

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Insights on Onsights at Red Rocks

There is a hierarchy in climbing–leading is better than following which is better than toproping. An onsight (first try, no info about the route) is better than a beta flash (first try but you have info about the moves–a.k.a. beta– … Continue reading

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Zoroaster Temple, America’s Holy of Holies

It is often said that the Grand Canyon is America’s Cathedral. In that case, Zoroaster Temple–the most symmetric and beautiful of the dozens of towers rising improbably from the center of the Grand Canyon–is the Holy of Holies. The entry … Continue reading

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Tim Rays of Light: Grand Canyon R2R2R

“Running to him was real; the way he did it the realest thing he knew. It was all joy and woe, hard as diamond; it made him weary beyond comprehension. But it also made him free.” – Once a Runner … Continue reading

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Perfect Day: Palomar 130 Bike Ride

Sunrise, on the bike. Sunset, on the bike. In between, San Diego’s most famous mountain, good times with friends and 130 miles. Perfect day. Back when we were 18, my friend Matt J. had the idea to hike all day; … Continue reading

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