Monthly Archive for: ‘July, 2017’

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I awoke this morning thinking about our…

I awoke this morning thinking about our planet, and the deep need for us as a collective human community to love and protect it, and to foster that same love, appreciation, and protection in the generations to come. We can immerse ourselves in nature’s immensity, as my daughter is here in Langtang, Nepal, or revel its minute complexity, lost in the insane intricacy of creation. But, if we don’t experience it, we don’t understand it and what we don’t understand we don’t value and protect. The key is getting ourselves and our kids into our natural world. The hero of @stownpodcast, John McLemore, expressed it so well: “I’ve coaxed many infirm clocks back to mellifluous life, studied projected geometry and built astrolabes, sundials, taught myself 19 century electroplating, bronzing, patination. Micromachinery, horology, learned piano. Read Poe, De Maupassant, Boccaccio, O’Connor, Welty, Hugo, Balzac, Kafka, Bataille, Gibran, as well as modern works like Mortimer, Hawking, Kunstler, Klein, Jacobi, Heinberg, Hedges, Hitchens and Rhodes. “But the best times of my life, I realize, were the times I spent in the forest and field. I’ve walked in solitude besides my own babbling creek, and wondered at the undulations, meanderings, and tiny atolls that were occasionally swept into its midst. I’ve spent time in idle palaver with Violets, Lileas, Sage, Heliopsis and Monkshood, and marveled at the mystery of Monotropa uniflora. I’ve audited the discourse of the Hickories, Oaks and Pines, even when no wind was present. I have peregrinated the woods in Winter under the watchful guard of vigilant dogs, and spent hours entranced by the exquisiteness and delicacy of tiny mosses and molds, entire forests within a few square inches.” #liveyouradventure

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Over the years, I’ve had the opportunity…

Over the years, I’ve had the opportunity to climb and work with some amazing people, around the world. One of those special souls is @brb13770. Brent’s climbing career speaks for itself, with multiple Everest summits of ascents of classic routes around the world. But, what makes him unique is Brent is far more than a climber. Throughout his career, Brent has focused on making a difference by co-founding the Sagarmatha Environmental Expedition in 1994 and dedicating his time and energy to important causes around the world, earning him the Lowell Thomas Award from @the_explorers_club and the David R. Brower Award from @americanalpine. Brent also makes the hard-but-right choices on his climbs, like just this May giving up another summit of Everest to instead try to save the life of a fallen climber. Along with all that, Brent is a joy to climb with as he’s not mono-dimensional; conversations on the trail, at the belay, and in camp range from business to environmental ethics to politics, philosophy, and much more. So, a big Happy Birthday, Bishop! Hope it’s a great one, and thanks for all your contributions to our world. | In this photo, Brent climbs alongside @charley.mace at sunrise on Mt. Cook (Aoraki), New Zealand. #liveyouradventure #happybirthday

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I first took environmental science in high…

I first took environmental science in high school, and learned about the stunning complexity of our natural world and its oxymoronic power and frailty. At the same time in another building, we read the iconic “Walden” by Henry David Thoreau in English class. Thoreau, one of the first prominent environmentalists, would be 200 years old today, and his words from yesteryear ring even truer today than before. In “Walking,” written for the Atlantic in 1862, Thoreau famously proclaimed: “In Wildness is the preservation of the World.” An incredible truism both in 1862 and perhaps more so today, yet, day by day, we see our limited wildness depleted, the “civilization other than our own” (Journal, 1859) ravaged by industry, pillaged by greed, and encroached upon ever further by our insatiable desire for more and more and more. Even Thoreau’s treasured Walden Pond has not been immune to human action; in 2011, it was found to harbor dangerous levels of mercury from industrial pollution – most likely from coal fired power plants. While I recognize the need for human development across the globe – and the very real challenges posed when coupling that need with the equally-important needs of ecosystems, animals, and environments – it’s high time that our officials remember Thoreau’s words, again from Walking: “There is a difference between eating and drinking for strength and from mere gluttony.” In this country, we are daily reminded of the need to “Make America Great Again.” I’ve long wondered when that supposed great time was, and for whom. Perhaps it was in our early days, before we attacked the wildness with the tools of “civilization,” in the time when, as Thoreau reminds us, the Governor-General of Canada, Sir Franeis Head, noted: “The heavens of America appear infinitely higher, the sky is bluer, the air is fresher, the cold is intenser, the moon looks larger, the stars are brighter the thunder is louder, the lightning is vivider, the wind is stronger, the rain is heavier, the mountains are higher, the rivers longer, the forests bigger, the plains broader.” [continued in comments]

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Fun cragging on perfect limestone with the…

Fun cragging on perfect limestone with the kids, s’mores at night under starry skies, cool nights and warm days, lots of laughs, a few tears, great memories, and more than one magical sunset across the rolling hills and out to the snowy, distant Wind Rivers…Wild Iris did not disappoint. #liveyouradventure #wildiris #wyoming #pixel #shotbypixel

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Apparently completely unaffected by the hordes of…

Apparently completely unaffected by the hordes of voracious, bloodthirsty mosquitoes that kept us constantly swatting and swearing in Ten Sleep, Wyoming, Pema found ample bliss with a fast flowing creek and a ten pound boulder. Simple pleasures. Now heading to Wild Iris to hopefully find some respite from the bugs and more climbing in cooler temps. #liveyouradventure

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