I needed to return to Ecuador to clean up my climbing resume and get some serious high altitude training you just can't find in the states. Problem being, I didn't really have the time. My Vacation time was cut short due to training and other fuckery, and I had a mountain of responsibilities pilling up… Continue reading Away Game 01-18: Return to Ecuador
From the plains of the Serengeti , one can see Africa’s own Mt. Olympus, home of the highest peak in all of Africa, Mt. Kilimanjaro. Standing at 19,341 feet, this massive volcano is one of the fabled 7 Summits, the second of which I’ve attempted, and this Fall’s big international away Game. Over 6 days,… Continue reading Away Game 05-17, Mt. Kilimanjaro, Tanzania-Africa
Once returning from Ecuador, I took a week to unpack, wash my clothing and reflect on the Journey. I had severe trouble with prior injuries at altitude but still had an appetite for something that would place me in mortal peril. The answer was the Caminito del Rey in southern Spain. Heralded as the most… Continue reading Away Game 04-17, El Caminito del Rey, Southern Spain
Some things you do in life grind bits of soul away before you're through. Deployment, Divorce or Departed, events can alter your outlook and change your life's chemistry. Some of the great schisms in history spawned war, while others nurtured births of amazing resilience and cultural elegance. Few moments in life are we able to… Continue reading HG Throwback, The Presidential Traverse
In recent years I have had many experiences. Some of those things have changed me. I have seen men weep when shown their own worth, children rally around celebrations of the recent dead and women trade in one set of shackles for another. I have learned great qualities of leadership, humility, gravity, prudence and tenacity… Continue reading Before I begin, let me begin.