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Learning to be funny is like climbing

Learning To Be Funny

Probably every other time my friend Lee and I came to the end of an approach hike at the base…

Summit Day

A couple hundred feet from the top of Avalanche Gulch on Mount Shasta last Monday morning, my friend Abi and…

outdoor adventure complaint chart

Complaining Is Useless

One Sunday last August, maybe halfway through a 22-mile trail run in 85 degrees and full sun, the day after…

The Case For Giving A Shit

Hilary and I drove four hours to stand on a gravel road north of Scottsbluff, Nebraska, for two minutes of…

I believe in inertia

I Believe In Inertia

It happened again yesterday, like it always does, about three-quarters of the way through my run: I started to try…

wind you jerk

Wind, You Jerk

My friend Jayson and I were out trail running on Saturday, for long stretches exposed to a 50 mph wind.…

Dear Phone, I Love You

Dear Phone: I love you. I mean, not in that Joaquin Phoenix-falling-in-love-with-his-operating-system way. But maybe in the I’d-probably-hug-you-if-I-hadn’t-seen-you-in-a-few-weeks-and-we-finally-got-together-for-coffee kind of…

Get Your Autumn On!

That’s right, it’s fall, aka autumn, aka your favorite season, that fleeting changing of colors, temperatures, clothing layers, and footwear…

Joe Calls It A Day

My dad, Joe, retires today, after 41 years of work at one company and about two years of worrying if…

notes from a book tour

Scenes From A Book Tour

I’m about halfway through my talk in the community room at the REI store when I see the two guys…

Thanks For The Words, Phife

I could never get into Shakespeare when I was in high school, or classical poetry. The reading seemed too arcane,…