Digging Deep on Dhaulagiri

Climbing atop the 7th highest mountain on earth, Dhaulagiri got off to a jagged start. My second 8 000 er was far tougher mentally than physically. I climb on.

Ice Fall

Once upon a chilly February morning, two eager friends raced the sun rising in Banff National Park in search of a frozen waterfall to scale.....the plot quickly twist and the happily ever after will take a minute.

Kanchenjunga: Keepin’ the Story Interesting

The world’s 3rd highest peak, my 3rd 8000er, was going to be different. The stories my mind was telling were daunting yet deep within knew that there was potential for greatness to surface from change. It did.

Manaslu Expedition Part 1: Embodying the Soul of the Himals

As I prepare to climber beyond 8 000m, I reflect upon the healing I have found in the himals of Nepal, and how I strive to personify their characteristics.

Part 2: Magical Manaslu ~ a brief look

A glimpse into my first expedition beyond 8 000 m, to the true summit of Manaslu

A HEAVY LOAD: FROM AMA DABLAM TO THE ANNAPURNAS (PART 4)

Grief is an enigma. Ups and downs, twists and turns, it hides in crevices before it surfaces again without warning.

A Heavy Load: From Ama Dablam to the Annapurnas (Part 3)

Room for anything but mindfulness does not exist when maneuvering amidst renowned technical terrain, anchor after endless anchor with frigid fingers and without depth perception, one breath at a time I climbed in body and mind.

A Heavy Load: From Ama Dablam to the Annapurnas (Part 2)

Ama Dablam comes with an extensive packing list; a strong mental game tops the most essential gear as she leaves no space for a wandering mind. Most variables on the mountain are beyond my control yet which direction the voices take is up to me.

Success Gets Personal on Ama Dablam

With the weight in my mind heavier than that of my pack, I teetered on the trail and in thought. Rescuing myself from fleeing feelings of failure, success became personal.

A Little Eyesight, A Lot of Insight: A Dance on Island Peak

Among a panorama of giants in the Imja Valley, insight was stronger than a tempting dance between doubt and dark thoughts as I climbed Island Peak.