Trip Report: Wyoming 2014 Part 1 – Cirque of the Towers

Standing in the trailhead parking lot, I realized that I had never been on an actual backpacking trip before. I had camped, yes. Hauled heavy backpacks, yes (full of climbing gear, mostly). This time, though, once we left the parking lot, we wouldn’t be returning for five days. Our packing had been meticulous. We had Continue Reading

Trip Prep: Wyoming 2014

Just a quick post here. Our trip out to the mountains of Wyoming is approaching, and the prep has begun! We’ve been physically preparing for a few months now; practicing our trad climbing and getting into good physical shape. Now we’re close enough to start packing! This trip presents a few challenges on the packing Continue Reading

Everything’s Changing.

“The only thing constant in life is change.” – Fran├žois La Rochefoucauld Everything is changing. All the time. And that includes us, as people. An advantage of aging is that over time you get to see the parts of you that change, and the parts of you that stay the same. You get a pretty Continue Reading

Mountain Training 2014 Progress Report

Seth and I will be spending close to two weeks in the mountains this August. I’ve mentioned briefly that stairs are one of our modes of training. Things started out a bit rough (see here), but are definitely improving. There’s a set of 134 steps near our house, each step being 6 inches tall. We Continue Reading

Training for the Mountains: Minnesota Style

My plans for August include, among other things, climbing a big mountain. From the bottom to the top is 7,000 vertical feet, 5,000 of those hiking with a heavy pack. So I’ve started amping up my training to prepare. They say the best way to train for hiking uphill with a heavy pack on is Continue Reading

Trip Report: Black Hills May 2014

Ah, the Black Hills. Even though it’s a 10 hour drive from the cities, many Minnesotan climbers claim this area as one of their home crags. Hop in the car, head southwest through rolling farms to Sioux Falls, and then straight west across South Dakota. Landmarks along the way include a short dip into the Continue Reading

Tiny Adventures: Urban Hiking, Sweater Cutting, and Rifle Shooting

Tiny adventures are adventures close to home, not requiring a lot of time or travel. Maybe something you haven’t done before, something that scares you a little, or just something that feels a bit adventurous, even just a little bit. Adventure, big or small, is good for the soul. Here are three of my most Continue Reading