My own personal mountain issue #10 — Health and Adventure

Health is an issue that all of us face, some with better outcomes than others. For myself it has always been a mixed bag. Sometimes I seem extremely healthy and go for a long without so much as a cold. But other times (recently for me) I cannot seem to …

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My own personal mountain: Issue #9 — North Guardian Angel

I have often struggled with fear, a lot of which is a direct result from anxiety. As a climber, this can be a major issue, and it has held me back from accomplishing many of the goals I have set for myself. I have failed on numerous big peaks because …

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My own personal Mountain: Issue #8 — One year ago today

One year ago today was the worst day of my life. One year ago today my daughter Zoe, then-aged 13, waited until we had gone to sleep, snuck out of the thirty foot motorhome we lived in, tied a rope around a tree, put a noose around her neck and …

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My Own Personal Mountain: Issue #7 — Off days

After a solid two months (or so) of getting out every weekend, my streak was broken yesterday when my partner was ill and I didn’t have enough gas to go anywhere. I could have, I suppose, gone and hiked up one of the local hills, but I wasn’t feeling too …

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My own personal mountain: Issue #6 — Saddlehorn


The Saddlehorn is a minor peak near the tiny town of Newcastle and the Newcastle Reservoir. With a sister peak across the way, these two peaks make for dramatic guardians towering over the road leading to the lake. I had passed by both peaks on numerous occasions on my various …

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My own personal mountain: Issue #5 — Whiterocks to Awesome Chasm

Whiterocks Awesome Chasm

Sometimes I just need to go out and start climbing peaks, as many as possible in as short a time as possible. It is my favorite form of therapy. I find it incredibly gratifying and exhilarating to traverse from one peak to another, and one of my very favorite trips …

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My own personal mountain: Issue #1 — Success and Failure in the Tushars

Tushar Mountains

I ain’t no spring chicken. At 44 years of age, I don’t recover as quickly, and get out of condition much more rapidly than when I was a spry 30-something scaling peaks in the Northwest. . In the last eight years (Thanks Brook!) I have gone from a lean and …

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My own personal mountain: Issue #4 — Stoddard Mountain

On Oct. 18 I went with my new friend and hiking partner Jon to a local peak called Stoddard Mountain. I had noticed this mountain once before when I had been on my way to the Tushar Mountains. Right off UT 56, this big, hulking mountain is one of the …

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My Own Personal Mountain: Issue #3 — Thinking of UCC

I will begin this on a deeply personal note, one that has seemingly no links to mountains or climbing or hiking. On October 1, 2015, at approximately 10:38 A.M. Pacific Time, a lone gunman began shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon. He killed a teacher and 8 students …

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