Sleep In The Dirt

The Rally Through The Rain: Hiking Mount Elbert

The Campfire Chronicles
"We planned to start our ascent of Mt. Elbert at 7:00 am. Late by 14er standards--but getting a group of 19 to mobilize early (or on time) is like herding cats. It had rained all night, and at one point, we had a small river in front of and under our tent...I will admit, with this downpour I began to question if I did well enough to keep myself and all our media guests from getting washed away." Read the rest

Adventure Not War: Skiing Afghanistan

The Campfire Chronicles
"With no lift access anywhere in country—with the exception of an enterprising motorcycle owner, who with the help of long rope and a buried wheel barrow, created a mobile rope tow while we were there—everything is backcountry skiing. Turns out the skiing in Afghanistan, regardless of where you go, is pretty incredible. The history in Bamyan is also fascinating, but if you go to Afghanistan, go for the people who made this trip truly wonderful." Read the rest

Surviving the Backcountry in Baxter State Park

The Campfire Chronicles
"Snow melting, water boiling, coffee drinking and bag stuffing as we joked about how this whole circumnavigation seemed uphill. We dismantled our tent, laced up our boots, loaded up our sleds, clicked into skis and pushed off for another day in the park. Eight inches of fresh snow had accumulated over the night which made what was already a glorious winter wonderland even more spectacular." Read the rest

“Copper Spur Meets Empress Gulch”

The Campfire Chronicles
"To shed some light on the power and movement occurring inside the tent during this barrage, the force of the hail shut the roof vent, my Garmin was vibrated out of the roof pockets, and Ponderosa pines all around took a significant haircut. When the storm passed, I climbed out feeling lucky and rewarded having just witnessed the awesome power and now beauty of Mother Nature." Read the rest