John Muir Trail – Week 2

Day 8: Muir Trail Ranch to McClure Meadows (13.5 miles via Evolution Creek Crossing) Left Muir Trail Ranch with fully bellies and said our good byes to Sarah and Carl and made rough plans to see them on Mt. Whitney in another 12 days. Hauled our heavy packs along the rock canyon trail cut into the […]

John Muir Trail – Week 1

Day 1: Lyell Canyon Trailhead to Rush Creek Crossing (15 miles via Donahue Pass) Spirits were high, backpacks were heavy, the meadows were beautiful, blisters formed quickly, storms moved in, steep climbs and elevation gave me lead legs, ran into Ellie a friend from Berkley who was three months into the Pacific Crest Trail, electrical storms […]

The Mending Stitch

In sewing one uses a mending stitch to repair tears and holes in clothing.  The stitch pulls together the fabric, closing the void, rendering the cloth once again whole.  Our town and cities are much like a tattered cloth – highways have cut them apart, railroads have divided them, and tall walls slash apart neighborhoods. […]

The Consciencious Fixer

Last night, I broke down and ordered a brand new pair of climbing shoes. My old ones had edged and smeared until I could feel the fresh air on my toes. While the ventilation was welcome on hot days, there’s no barefoot trend in the climbing scene—and for good reason. Wind, water, and ice are […]

Why Do I Run?

Onism – n. the frustration of being stuck in just one body, that inhabits only one place at a time, which is like standing in front of the departures screen at an airport, flickering over with strange place names, each representing one more thing you’ll never get to see before you die – and all […]