Sleep In The Dirt

The Lasting Friendships of Thru-Hiking

Essays From the Field

My first thru-hiking experience was the Appalachian Trail in 2011. I was 24, and high on fumes for the first three weeks, consumed by my learning experience. What was this life of shelters and trailside banter? People spoke lingo, calling each other NOBOs (north bound hikers) and discussing plans for

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Climbing in The Grand Canyon

Essays From the Field

30 miles, one sketchy summit, and the joy of a shared meal while climbing in the Grand Canyon.  

As we started down the half icy, half muddy trail that led to the bottom of the Grand Canyon, I knew it would be a trip to remember. We’d missed our sunrise

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Backpacking Santa Rosa Island

Essays From the Field

Over a mile of solitude and white sand stretched in front of us as we settled on a place atop the sand dunes to eat lunch. My wife and I asked each other, “How is this California?” Our journey backpacking Santa Rosa Island was ending, but we couldn’t wait to …

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Impossibilities for Breakfast

Essays From the Field

As I wake each day, I splash away the night to welcome the present. Lighting a bit of incense, the meditative vibrations from a brass Tibetan singing bowl echo throughout space as I dive deep in my subconsciousness. This is where I feed on all of the endless impossibilites that

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