October 8, 2015 It Could Be Worse! News

It Could Be Worse!

Some of you out there may at this point be wondering who is this Andy character and does he in fact ever do anything outdoorsy cause, you know, I’m not seeing a lot of action ’round here… (more...)...

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September 15, 2015 Cottonwood Camp Strikes Again Hiking

Cottonwood Camp Strikes Again

Those of you who read about my rim-to-rim day hike a few years back may recall me mentioning the 1978 overnight I did with my parents to Cottonwood Camp, from the North Rim (more...)...

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August 16, 2015 Notes For A Film Musings

Notes For A Film

(characters will interact/argue with narrator) Opening shots of Death Valley. Stark. Bleak. Desolate. SUPER: “If Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, what then is Madness? (more...)...

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August 8, 2015 San Francisco California

San Francisco

How bad is California’s drought? San Francisco Bay is now a wide, grassy plain, completely devoid of water. Desperate locals seeking affordable housing (more...)...

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July 31, 2015 Atop The Peaks Video

Atop The Peaks

Hiking to the top of 12,633′ Humphreys Peak is easily one of Northern Arizona’s marquee attractions, though in summer it’s also typically a hike you want to avoid (more...)...

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July 23, 2015 SP Crater Hiking

SP Crater

SP Crater is perfect: that is the lead. A gorgeous, perfectly-formed, symmetrical, aesthetic cinder cone volcano, SP Crater sits just north of Flagstaff (more...)...

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July 16, 2015 Flagstaff Current Conditions


Back in my other hometown of Flagstaff now for some R&R; maybe some hiking on the agenda, maybe not. Monsoon mostly quiet right now (more...)...

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July 10, 2015 Is It Time to Buy El Nino Insurance? Current Conditions

Is It Time to Buy El Nino Insurance?

Well, the El Nino predictions for this coming winter seem to be firming up, just when I was starting to kick my Howard Sheckter addiction (more...)...

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July 7, 2015 Enlightenment vs. The Marionette Gear

Enlightenment vs. The Marionette

If you suspect the world is racing toward Hell in a Handbasket in some vague but fundamentally new way, Joseph Heath agrees with you (more...)...

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July 3, 2015 A Walk Around the Block Hiking

A Walk Around the Block

The question is: where do you start? The hills may be calling, but if you’ve never picked up the phone, or if you’ve been slowed or injured or otherwise just waylaid (more...)...

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