March 4, 2008 Musings

Home Again, Home Again

Ugh…back in city…can’t breathe, can’t think…blood thickening into sludge…concrete…people…signal breaking up…must wallow in self-pity for foreseeable future… (more...)...

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February 20, 2008 Musings

Road Trip

Time for some R&R over here. We’re going to be hitting the road this week and next for a trip to Arizona and Colorado. I’m looking forward to skiing Telluride and checking out the new terrain that’s open off Palmayra Peak. Not sure how much of Palmayra is actually open, but I’m been wishing I (more...)...

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January 9, 2008 Musings

Complexity Theory: Judgment Day is Inevitable

I watched Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines on TV last night. Fox’s new series, ‘The Sarah Connor Chronicles’ debuts next weekend, so expect a lot of terminator promotion in the next seven days. Compared to the unexpected cult classic of the original Terminator, and the campy fun of its sequel, T2, the third film (more...)...

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January 3, 2008 Musings

$100 Oil and the Stupid Monkeys

The funny thing is, initially this didn’t even strike me as that big of a milestone. I mean, oil has been hovering around the $70-80 per barrel price for so long (relatively speaking), that I’d gotten used to the idea. But wait a minute—only a few years ago, I believe the OPEC nations were saying (more...)...

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June 9, 2007 Musings

Summer Calls…

With Shasta’s conditions looking mediocre at best, I think I’m ready to call it a season and switch to hiking mode. Putting the skis away for a few months gives me a chance to rest the body and do a little work on the site. After a long hiatus, I’ve begun updating my book review (more...)...

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May 7, 2006 Musings

Mountaineering Terms

Did you know has a glossary? Neither did I. Okay, I may have forgotten. I started a glossary in the Basecamp section when I first began working on this site, though my attention soon turned elsewhere. I mention this because the #1 Google search referral to this site is for “mountaineering terms.” Not Backcountry (more...)...

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