January 25, 2017 Damn Frickin Video

Damn Frickin’ Lucky To Be Here Day

More than 20 million Southern Californians work and play within an 80 mile radius, and yet I was literally all alone yesterday exploring (more...)...

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December 9, 2016 The Couloir To Nowhere - Full Version Video

The Couloir To Nowhere – Full Version

I am very pleased to offer the full version of my 2011 film, “The Couloir To Nowhere,” now online for your viewing pleasure at YouTube (more...)...

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January 20, 2016 Return To Baldy Video

Return To Baldy

Apparently I had blocked the memory of just how hard it is to tour in the San Gabriel Mountains. No longer. Dave, Al, and I returned to The Devil’s Backbone (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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April 5, 2015 Mammoth April Fools Video

Mammoth April Fools

That popping sound you hear is the sound of loose rocks pinging off the tips of my skis. Attentive viewers will notice the sound is nearly continuous (more...)...

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October 21, 2014 Wildrose Peak Panorama Video

Wildrose Peak Panorama

As with next-door neighbor Telescope Peak, Death Valley’s Wildrose Peak features striking juxtapositions of desert and alpine landscapes. Wildrose is in the Panamint Range, squeezed in between Death Valley, to the east, and Panamint Valley, to the west—both places so severe and austere they practically demand contemplation (more...)...

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September 1, 2014 Sawtooth Peak Video

Sawtooth Peak

Trevor and I paid a visit to Mineral King yesterday, and as we hiked past mile after mile of richly colored rock, I have to say I kept feeling potent impulses to grab a pick axe and start digging. This was my first-ever trip up the famous Mineral King road. It absolutely exceeded its reputation—I (more...)...

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August 19, 2014 University Peak Hiking

University Peak

Okay, I thought this one was supposed to be easy. When it comes to accurately sizing up a route’s difficulties, I’m beginning to fear either I’m a hopeless optimist or else I’ve gone soft because lately everything seems like a thumping (more...)...

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August 10, 2014 Waucoba Summit Panorama Video

Waucoba Summit Panorama

I returned this weekend to Death Valley National Park to take care of some unfinished business, and let me say now, if you like to be alone, have I got a mountain for you! Sheesh what a cruel bastard of a climb this was: no trail, thorns, cactus, brush, and no view aside from great (more...)...

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July 1, 2014 Kearsarge Peak Panorama Video

Kearsarge Peak Panorama

Great views but beware the mining trail! Kearsarge is described in Jay Anderson’s Climbing California’s Mountains as “possibly the quickest-to-reach significant summit on the entire eastern side of the Sierra.” With that kind of billing, who could resist? In keeping with my loop-or-bust tradition, I decided to ascend from the west, via Lilly Pass, with (more...)...

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