Lessons from the Trail

By virtue of spending a mildly obscene amount of time on hiking trails over the last decade, I've had a lot of time to ruminate in the midst of an astonishing array of hiking experiences. Because I'm one of those people who seeks out patterns in everything, from which I often derive analogies, I've been …

Trip Report: Whale Peak

This weekend, I took a trip out to Anza-Borrego Desert State Park to take an overnight hike up to Whale Peak with my friends, Jim and Alex. As with any hike into Anza-Borrego, this was also an opportunity for me to re-scout a few routes (5, in this case) for a possible 6th edition. I …


When I was 19 years old, I worked in a grocery store that often kept me late hours into the night. Much of the time, I would be awake until 4 in the morning. On one of those late mornings, I found myself aimlessly rifling through the cabinets where my parents kept family photo albums. …

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