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The Monkey Wrench Gang, Bikes, Buzz, and The Maze05/10/2018

Finally having all of the insane theatrics in The Monkey Wrench Gang that had so influenced me 25 years ago brought to life amidst the desert canyons and spires was a more important experience than I had expected. Connecting the dots of that initial book reading to all of the stuff I do with my life today was a reaffirmation of the power inherent in landscapes and literature.

Last Couple Months of Books11/28/2017

My summer reading was consumed by David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest. For better or worse. Two times was enough; I probably won’t read it again. This fall I’ve been reading less crushing tomes.

Injuries and Related Thoughts11/12/2017

Since May 8th, I’ve been dealing with an achilles injury in my left heel. Insertional achilles tendinosis. As if ascribing it a label makes any fucking difference in my ability to do what I want with my body. This spring I was coming off a…

Nebraska Bike Trip10/09/2017

Ever since I bought my first legit bike my freshman year of college (2002; rehab from a stress fracture, duh), I’ve had the idea to ride my bike from the Front Range to my childhood home in Nebraska and back. Since my achilles flared back up again in August—precluding running, scrambling, and even climbing, sadly—now seemed as good a time as any to see what it’s like to log big (ish), self-supported miles day after day. In summary, it was great.

Lone Peak Cirque, SLC: Lowe Route with Jason 7/28/1709/03/2017

This year I cold messaged Jason Dorais to see if he’d be interested in a smash-n-grab style ascent of the uber-classic Lowe Route in the Lone Peak Cirque. As far as I can tell, this cirque is the alpine rock jewel of the range.