On Ethics

Extract from The Arizona Republic today: Three California cyclists on an international ride to promote environmentalism have been sentenced to jail and banned from national parks after admitting they ran afoul of a rule designed to protect the environment by riding through the Grand Canyon. The cyclists were tracked down in Tucson after National Park…More

Foolio Fest

April 1st. Grandview-Hance dayhike. All welcome, though I may well be the lone fool.More

45 minutes

I’ve learned over the last weeks to be more proactive with work; a weekend of being mentally fried does not make for good progress on the grading front, thus the 2″ stack of papers I have sitting in my inbox right now. I’m not sure when that’s going to get done, but it needs to…More


Chris Plesko just put up an excellent report from his Old Pueblo race. Learning is the hard part. Well done Chris, I admire your grit and honesty, and look forward to seeing ya in a month. Got out and “just rode” for 90 minutes this afternoon, pushing a bit on the hills to break things…More


Thus far today the snow and rain have held off, so I hope to begin some interval work on the bike this afternoon. Between hiking, running, and cycling in the last eight months I’ve built an excellent base, demonstrated by my rapid recovery the last three weekends. I’ve consistently gone from thrashed to solid in…More

M’s new ride

We’ve “needed” a second car for a while, America being the car-based society that it is. Hardcore holdouts like Mr. Nice aside (and you rock, sir) I find it hard to get around from home to work to trails to store and back without a vehicle. Ergo, Josey the Xterra will become mine on a…More

New Hance-Tonto-Kaibab

If there is any place where the abyss looks into the observer with ease, it is overlooking Grapevine canyon on the Tonto trail. The black schist is stark and vertical, the dull-pink granite intrusions laid diagonally. Huge and consistent stripes that blend the near wall into the far, without the river inlayed at the bottom…More

Pretty Picture

Courtesy Mike Curiak, from the Iditirod Trail race in years past. Black and white is good stuff.More

Weekend Fear

Through mysterious circumstances at work, I have Monday off. So, I’m headed off to the Grand Canyon tomorrow for a three day solo backpack. I haven’t been backpacking in ages, given that overnighting on the river last September to alpine-start Choprock doesn’t really count. And solo backpack, I can’t even recall. Solo backpacking is freaky…More

Wahsatch Pics

The course map. The 5.4 “crux”, freesoloing in running shoes after a ton of hard up.More