Category: Hiking/Climbing Adventures

Labor Day Weekend Shenanigans

“Do I really look like a guy with a plan? You know what I am? I’m a dog chasing cars. I wouldn’t know what to do with one if I caught it! You know, I just…DO things”. The Joker in The Dark Knight. It is Friday afternoon, about 5PM of Labor Day Weekend. We’re sitting …

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Unplugged in Wyoming

I love Idaho, but my soul will always belong to the mountains of Wyoming. Prologue This year for our summer vacation, Ann and I had 10 days and no plan. Well, we did have an agenda for the first two days – a wedding and a reunion – but then it was wide open and …

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Training Day

The Tetons Are Calling “I told you so”! That is what Ann said, laughing, as I called her from my smartphone on the Garnet Canyon trail as we headed back from our latest Teton adventure. So what was it that I had done to elicit that response? In this instance, it was the warning that …

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Frary Peak on Antelope Island

I’ve flown over it and driven by it so many times I wouldn’t even be able to count them, but until a couple of weeks ago, I had never set foot on Antelope Island in the Great Salt Lake. Although antelope were there when the Mormon pioneers arrived the more famous residents, the bison herd …

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Oregon Coast Escape

Not all of my adventures involve snow – and that is a good thing! OK, here’s is the deal. My wife has been saying that each of these ski mountaineering trips that I have been going on requires some “beach time”. Now it is important to note that fortunately, in her case, “beach” doesn’t necessarily …

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Burning Daylight

In one of John Wayne’s last films, “The Cowboys”, he is on a cattle drive with a bunch of kids.  There is a scene where it is zero-dark-thirty on one of the first mornings of the drive.  He comes along with his booming, drawling voice and tells them all to roll their sorry butts out …

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Lost River Range – Merriam Lake Hike

Although the title is technically correct, this little trip report is more about a fun little weekend trek through Idaho than “just a hike” into a beautiful high mountain lake. The primary destination of this little trip was Merriam Lake, and my thinly veiled purpose was to scout out ski mountaineering adventures. But as is …

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The Journey

A few weeks ago I was in a meeting at work that was focused on career development. One of the speakers made a comment that really got me thinking. To paraphrase his statement it went something like this; The most important thing that you can be doing is setting and meeting objectives. If you aren’t …

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Shoal Lake Trek

The Adventure: The trek was inspired by my youngest brother.  He and his son are runners and do a lot of hiking and hunting.  We had both been into Shoal Lake once on separate occasions with our dad.  He had taken us in on horseback, overnight pack trips when we were in the 8th/9th grades.  …

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