Category Archives: Great Nature

Dear Media: Mountains are not Stadiums, even for Honnold, Brosse and Jornet

“There are only three sports: bullfighting, motor racing, and mountaineering; all the rest are merely games.” -Hemingway

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North for the Sun: on the Narrows way to Zion

Yeah wordplay and symbolism. I packed it into that title. And we packed the weekend too: climbing, hiking the Narrows and solar eclipse viewing in Zion National Park, a place that’s indeed close to Heaven on Earth. Livin’ it! Sunset … Continue reading

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Joshua Tree Traverse

And he said to me “you move too fast. You can’t fully appreciate the views [on the Appalachian Trail].” And I was a bit taken aback for a second. Mountain vistas are amazing, and I love them. But going to … Continue reading

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La Jolla Half, 200 Proof Local

Local means a lot to me. So every year when the La Jolla Half Marathon comes around, I run it or at least cheer my friends on. And in all cases I celebrate with friends afterward. The race goes right … Continue reading

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Hello Dalai

“Big home, big car, big salary: this is the meaning of life? No! Certainly not!” Thus spake the Dalai Lama when he came to  UC-San Diego last week. Material stuff fails to bring inner peace and happiness– but you knew … Continue reading

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What Our Ascent of the Evolution Traverse Means to Me

Last week Konstantin Stoletov, Shay Har-Noy, a rubber duck (“Ducky”), and myself completed a Winter Ascent of the Evolution Traverse, the biggest and most daunting High Sierra technical climb yet to be completed in Winter, and thus far the only Winter … Continue reading

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There’s a feeling I get when I look to the West 2011

Jan 1, 2011, La Jolla Shores. December 30, 2011, Washington DC. Day and night. A sunset draws on both and is in essence neither, or maybe it is both. Many of the most interesting ideas lie at the intersection of … Continue reading

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Subzero on a northern hill on the Winter Solstice

Visiting Lithuania on the solstice was a powerful experience. I posted once here, but rational thoughts are not sufficient, so I must add this post. All day sun is commonplace at home in Southern California. A perfect sunset is just … Continue reading

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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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