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bike rider enduring thunder and lightningA Bike Ride through the Mud from Hell

A Melodramatic Descent into Misery amid the Hills of Berkeley

Grossly underestimating a “moderate 2-hour” trail ride, I gradually sink into despair after a number of things go wrong. Rain… hail… mud… malfunction… cursing… and then the sun went down. I knew I’d get out of it eventually, but I didn’t know how or when. Sure, it’s easy to laugh about it now.


close up of climbing rope harness and gearClimbing Mount Hood With Strangers

Of Uncertain Outcome

Ever find yourself tied to a rope with someone you just met the day before… someone you didn’t exactly trust? They say when people die on Oregon’s Mount Hood, they perish 5 or 6 at a time– all on the same rope. I’d never do this again, but it remains one of the greatest mountaineering experiences of my life.


Monsters Behind Every Tree

A Night Alone in the Woods

Imagine you’re the only person camping on the slopes of Mount Shasta. Then the little noises begin. First, it’s just the wind on the tent flaps. But little by little, the spirits of the night come out to play… with your imagination. Welcome to this light-hearted adventure of bogey men and Bigfoot in the far north woods of California.


shutterstock_380197027-hand-on-prayer-wheelThere’s No “I” in Nepal

Discovering the Loss of Self in an Ancient World

During a trip to the Himalaya to climb one last mountain, the author find himself on a different path when he comes across a fellow trekker in need of help. Elephants, yaks, holy men and prayer flags: none have the same impact as the simple acts of compassion and sacrifice on the dusty trails of Nepal.


two climbers on steep snow slope of Mount ShastaA Second Chance Climbing Mount Shasta

My Brother and I Discover a New Bond on Our Quest for the Top

Taking my brother back to Shasta for a second chance at the summit revealed personal insights that were just as rewarding as the difficult journey to the summit and back. After that wind-ravaged day in 1996, we’d never look at that mountain or ourselves the same way again.


young woman playing with howler monkey in BelizeBelize Adventure: On the Trail of Monkey Girl

Uncovering the Other Half of a Life in the Jungles of Central America

My wife takes me to visit the jungle outpost where she lived for seven years studying howler monkeys, rehabilitating two orphaned howlers and teaching the local people about conservation and self-reliance before showing me the many people and places throughout Belize that had literally changed her life.


Climbing a Misty Jungle MountainClimbing Guatemala’s Volcan de Zunil

A Last-Minute Ascent of an Unknown Peak with a Non-English Speaking Guide

It’s tough enough climbing a mountain without being in a hurry. But when the last bus for town isn’t going to wait for you, you open the throttle and follow the man in the cowboy hat on a sweat-soaked jungle mountain marathon.


Compass to keep from getting lostLost Alone on Lassen

A Little Bit of Knowledge Can be Dangerous

Ever get into something you almost couldn’t get out of? Many years ago I took off alone up a 10,000 foot peak that I’d climbed several times before. But this time I was in over my head, and didn’t realize it until it was too late.


Concerned Cartoon Man SkydivingSkydiving for the First Time

How I Jumped Out of the Very First Plane I Ever Got Into

Trying to jump-start my stalled life, I sign on for parachute training and plunge into the unknown with both feet. But like all good adventures, things don’t exactly go as planned. Don’t worry—I lived through it.


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