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Gear Review: Wenonah Prism Canoe

The Wenonah Prism is a fast and light solo canoe that is an excellent choice for 1-2 week trips (if you travel light) or longer trips that have resupply options. I bought the Prism in the Tuf-weave layup for my solo trip from Omaha…

Gear Review: Wenonah Black Lite Elbow Carbon

The Wenonah Black Lite Elbow Carbon bent shaft paddle is fantastic and well worth the price tag. Here’s why … When I was prepping for my winter/spring paddle from Omaha to Memphis, I knew long days of hard paddling would be mandatory. So I┬ádecided…

Princess Geraldina and the Monsters from the West

I wrote this short fictional fantasy piece a few years ago. It is meant for older children. It has a strong defense of nature theme, and was inspired by Hayao Miyazaki’s Princess Mononoke. 1 In the farthest depths of the Forest World lived Princess…

Third Man on the Mountain: Best Hollywood Climbing Movie Ever

The trend in Hollywood is to portray climbers as┬ámoronic adrenaline junkies in hot pursuit of death while accomplishing feats that break the rules of Newtonian physics. And the pillar of this fallacious portrayal is well-known among climbers and non-climbers alike. For non-climbers, it is…

The East Face

This is a long-form essay about a mountain ascent I did in the Sierra Nevada a few years ago.

Harding & Rowell’s Ascent of the South Face of Half Dome

Arriving at the bank of Lost Lake above Little Yosemite Valley, I drop the 60-pound haul bag that I lugged up the steep Mist Trail and sit on a well-positioned boulder. The recent rain wasn’t enough to freshen up the stagnant lake and I…

Gear Review: Salewa Pro Vertical

I am using the Salewa Pro Vertical as my ice climbing and technical winter mountaineering boot. I need to put in more miles before I can come to a definitive opinion about the boot. But with the winter upon us, I decided to post some preliminary findings based on a few ice climbing forays into the Sierra.