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What Does It Mean to Explore?

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There are many reasons to want to Explore. For some it's to get out and just find some place new to themselves, or to the world. To others it's a path of self discovery and understanding. For me well, that's a tough one. I explore the world because I fear exploring myself, but every time I go exploring I end up exploring myself. Does this make sense? Exploring for me is a distraction that becomes the focus. To get some where you've never been, you'll have to do something you've never done.  In order to achieve this I must place myself where these situations are at the forefront. Physically I want to be stronger, mentally I want to be tougher, and emotionally I want to be more balanced. Climbing and mountaineering are the epitome of this awakening. You must have the physical ability to carry heavy loads and move your body weight. You must endure mental torture by being placed in very intimidating and unnerving circumstances. Hanging from a rope inside a Crevasse…

When The Walls Cave In

Gripping tightly to the handle bars I feel the wind speed pick up. I take one last look over  my right shoulder, there's no turning back now. 1,450 feet of climbing has just been completed. 3,000 feet left to go. I am going for it, 23 miles of consistent uphill. What am I doing to myself? Why am doing this to myself? Because someone has to. Because someone has to stand up and say "Enough is enough. We are Veterans, and Warriors. Just because we can't be who we were, doesn't mean we can't be who we want to be." I keep repeating a mantra in my head from a old 90's Disney Movie. "I see pride, I see power, I see a bad ass mudda, who won't take no crap off of nobody." I wish I was being watched by a coach, or someone who see's potential in me, but for right now I have to see potential in myself. I am tired, and sore. Everything hurts...My soul is hurting. Why am I doing this? All the goals have been postponed, all the money, climbs, work, and…

packing for the Cascades

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When I'm packing for a trip it's important for me to prioritize. I start by organizing my shelter(s). For this trip I need a few different shelter systems. I always carry my Zirkel UL- It's light, packable, and extremely comfortable. I also carry my Q-Core sleeping pad, and the Bedroll. What's going to be switching out is the Bivy, the Rattle Snake, and the Battle Mountain. I like using the Bivy for quick naps at altitude, and the Rattle Snake works great as a day use tent, and for quick overnight trips. The Battle mountain is an expedition type tent, that is primarily used high altitudes, and extreme winds.
 The second items I pack are my clothing. I sort them out according to layers. since I'm already wearing my base layer, I just need to prep for the condition at hand. From Left to right I have my soft shell layers, then my insulating layers plus a down parka, and on the right are my hard shell layers. These can easily be swapped out depending on my body's …

Expedition You Are Not Alone

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Route for Expedition You Are Not Alone

This is the route that the Expedition will follow, as I journey from Mexico to the Arctic Circle, and back to Denali.

Cycling Prescott to Seligman and Back

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To most families, Thanksgiving is a time of celebration and togetherness, and of course to be thankful for all the wonderful times and moments they shared throughout the year. However, for people such as myself, when all is quiet, and the wind blows over empty roads, it is a time to get outside and test some gear. The mission was simple enough: to cycle from Prescott to Seligman and back in 3 days. The total distance was 164 miles, and over the course of 3 days and 2 nights; it proved to be a bit more of a challenge than I had anticipated. The forecast over the next 3 days was supposed to be 55 as an average high and 17 as an average low.  Moderately sunny with winds at 15mph was to be expected for day 2. I started at 8am, I needed the Sun to come out and help melt all the frost that had been accumulated throughout the night. I cycled for 46 miles before coming to a stop at around 6pm. It was getting dark and I wanted to conserve the battery on my light, and I didn’t feel 100% comf…

Climbing pico de Orizaba

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Standing at 17,333 feet above sea level; the summit was within reach. Calling me and taunting me to continue. The glacier had become Solid water ice, and became impenetrable with ice axes and crampons. It was at this moment a decision had to be made, and it was an easy call. My first thought was “there are old climbers, and there are bold climbers.” The summit isn’t going anywhere, and I can always come back with more suitable conditions arise. I have been waiting almost a year for this moment. Roberto “Oso” and I had been in contact over several months and I was prepared for a solo expedition on Pico de Orizaba; the highest mountain in Mexico, and third highest in North America at 18,491 feet. This was my first formal mountaineering experience as a Solo climber. I had an acclimatization climb to 15,600 feet. Sierra Negra was absolutely awesome, and I was feeling strong at the top, and ready to get on Orizaba. We left the Hostel at 8 am, to hopefully be at the hut before noon. It was …