In the 14th century, German theologian and mystic, Meister Eckhardt, wrote, “What we plant in the soil of contemplation we shall reap in the harvest of action.” What are these things we plant? Often I find that in the planting is both an anticipation of action as well as a synthesis of all that’s come … Continue reading A single step
"The more deeply we are our true selves, the less self is in us." - Meister Eckhart The sun was still high when I sat atop our cooler in the shade of beech and maple trees in the gravel parking lot at the base of the Bamforth Ridge, road dust settling over all. Here, at … Continue reading It takes all of us
It was getting warm. We were running a little low on water, and the slope was unrelentingly down and down and down -- from the top of one of Vermont's highest peaks to a mere 350 ft above sea level on the banks of the Winooski River. This past Tuesday, the 7th day of this … Continue reading Limits
In August 1922, only 12 years after the Long Trail was completed from Bennington to Johnson, VT, a group of 4 hikers (3 of Robert Frost's children and their friend) completed the first-ever continuous hike of its (then) 225 miles. Tackling the trail in a brisk 17 days, they were joined on most of … Continue reading Following Footsteps — 9 days to go
With 12 days to go to the Vermont Climate Run and with tapering starting in earnest on Sunday, I've started to hone in on 'last-minute' logistics: what will I need at each night's camp, which road crossings need to be fully-stocked aid stations (and what will I need there), at what time is it *really* … Continue reading personal resilience
My dog Dragon and I did an out-and-back run along the new Long Trail section north of the Winooski River on Sunday. We bounded up the springy softness of the recently opened single-track before turning around at an unnamed summit about 5 miles from the river. Here, the trail turns a little toward the east … Continue reading 15 Days to go!
Climate Run Vermont is only 6 weeks away!! As I've been ramping up training and preparing for the ride & run, people have asked me, "why did you decide to run in Vermont?" and "what does Vermont have to do with climate change?" There are 2 kinds of answers. Looking north along the Long Trail … Continue reading res•il•ience
I realized last week that we're within 80 days of the 2018 summer solstice! That means that as of today, there are only 73 days until I plan to get on my bike at the Vermont/Canadian border in North Troy, VT at 4:30 am on June 20th and head south along VT Route 100. … Continue reading Planning!
I'm procrastinating a little. It's day two of our January thaw. It's 48 degrees and raining, which has glazed the 4th-class gravel road in front of our house with a sheen of mottled gray ice. So, I'm less excited to get out there and put in the miles today, but I know I need them … Continue reading every step
When I was in London for a few days with my son Orion after the 2016 Keswick Mountain Festival, we stopped in at the Charing Cross Road Foyle's Books and its overwhelming kilometers of shelves. As much as I wanted half the books in the store, we agreed to limit ourselves to one book each. My choice … Continue reading Goals