Down Tor with Lowery Tor, Leather Tor, and Sharpitor in the distance Finding wildness depends not just upon where you look, but how you learn to see. Last weekend, I took train and bus to the far western edge of Dartmoor. A drizzly jog of three miles between sharply squared hedgerows took me from Yelverton … Continue reading lessons from the moor
This has been a busy year for me -- busy with keeping up with the 400,000 vertical foot challenge (130,000 as of this afternoon!) -- busy with a semester full of new classes, creative curriculum conversations, writing of all sorts -- busy with family adventures -- and busy finishing up EMT, WFR, and WEMT certifications. … Continue reading Bodies and Terrain
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!
It's hard to believe that we’re already halfway through the fall semester, snow has fallen every day this week here in northern Vermont, and only now do I feel like I’ve gained enough distance and perspective on the incredible days I spent in the Faroe Islands at the end of July. How fleeting the weeks, … Continue reading Faroes Seven Summits
I’m at the tail-end of my recovery from the Vermont Climate Run last month. All is going well, although I've been a little hesitant about hammering on any downhills before getting on the ground for my next Climate Run adventure—next week! On Monday, I fly out to the Faroe Islands (via Iceland and Copenhagen). … Continue reading Faroes Seven Summits!
"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
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
With 25 days to go until the start of the 2018 Vermont Climate Run, I've found myself sidelined a little this week with a stubborn head-cold that's curtailed what should have been one of my peak training weeks. I came into the week strong and feeling ready for the challenge ahead, and I'm finishing the … Continue reading Pace
I completed my first ultra-distance trail run (or rather, speed hike) in August 1989. I started at 4:00 am at Carter Notch Hut, the eastern-most of the Appalachian Mountain Club's system of mountain huts in northern New Hampshire, and started to run westward toward the Presidential Range, Zealand Valley, Franconia Range, and finally, Lonesome Lake … Continue reading Dreams
I inevitably miss the weekend's long runs in the early days of each week. Particularly this month, as I steadily ramp up weekly miles ahead of the Leadville 100 in late August -- and particularly this week, as I still feel the weekend of the Whiteface Vertical Weekend in my legs. I've tried to explain … Continue reading Vertical Weekend