On the undulating gravel highlands between Iceland’s Vatnajokull and Hofsjokull icecaps and, nearer by, the Hágönglón and Kvislarvatn lakes swollen in summers with pale blue-gray meltwater, is the low, rounded gravel summit of Skrokksalda. The summit plateau is home to one of Iceland’s many GPS monitoring site. This one, SKRO, has measured some of the … Continue reading Moving Over Imagined Ground
This winter has been all about steady upward progress for me -- my outdoor adventures have been mostly uphill & mostly on skis. As of this writing, I've completed about 72,000 vertical feet of ascent, or just under 20% of the 400,000 ft goal I've set for this year.I love hearing about other people out … Continue reading Uphill
February is my birthday month, and it seems like lots of people have been raising money for charities and other great causes for their birthdays. I've decided to do something a little different. Instead of fundraising, I'm raising vertical gain! For 2019, I've taken on the goal of reaching 400,000 vertical feet of human-powered ascent, … Continue reading (Virtual) Glacial Climb Challenge!
On our last full day in Svalbard, Orion and I made a wide arc across the ridges east and south of Longyearbyen yesterday, covering the summits of Sukkertoppen, Gruvefjellet, Trollsteinen, and Lars Hiertafjellet, while arcing across the ridge behind the glacier, Larsbreen. The skies were the clearest of our week-long visit here, and the views were … Continue reading Melt: Dispatches from the High Arctic
Amid the political, social, and emotional tumult across our national stage this year, I have treasured my time training as a time to step outside the web of tweets, truths, media blackouts, funding cuts, posturing, and 'alternative facts.' Maybe to help me find some solid footing, during my hours (and hours) running, I've spent a lot of … Continue reading Facts and science in a complicated world