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Road rage is not a new phenomena

“a general row ensued, lasting some time, the combatants using whips, stones, etc. in the fight…” Continue reading

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More on the Electoral College

Building on yesterday’s post about why we have the Electoral College. This comes out of the Electoral College Facebook thread I started. (Lots of interesting commentary within.) I get that people don’t think it’s fair that Presidential votes in one … Continue reading

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The Electoral College–why we have it

Why we have the Electoral College system and why it’s a good thing. Continue reading

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“Valley Walls” by Glen Denny, reviewed by Gregory Crouch for the WSJ

My review of “Valley Walls: A Memoir of Climbing & Living in Yosemite” by Glen Denny, in today’s WSJ:
Congealed bloodstains dripping down the sides of a flat rock at the base of a cliff that had been used to support the body of a dying climber two months before made the rock look “like an altar for human sacrifice.” Continue reading

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The best piece of writing advice I have ever given

I’ve been threatening to write this story for 12 years… Sundance Shenanigans: The Best Piece of Writing Advice I have Ever Given

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The Triumph and Tragedy of Ryan Jennings

It’s a story I wish I’d never had to write, but here it is, “Life Interrupted,” about hardman, family man, and all around great guy Ryan Jennings. By the time we lost him, I’d guess Ryan had forgotten more about having fun than most of us will ever learn. Continue reading

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It has happened before…

It has happened before: “At the peremptory request and desire of a large majority of the citizens of these United States, I, Joshua Norton… declare and proclaim myself Emperor of these United States…” Continue reading

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The Sharp End by Katie Ives, featuring Enduring Patagonia

Thrilled to see Enduring Patagonia featured in “The Sharp End,” Katie Ives’ editorial, right at the beginning of the new issue of Alpinist (No. 54) Continue reading

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“Continental Divide” by Maurice Isserman, reviewed by Gregory Crouch

Here’s “Climb Every Mountain,” my review of Continental Divide: A History of American Mountaineering by Maurice Isserman in the May 1, 2016 issue of The New York Times Book Review. (The first I’ve done for them.) Continue reading

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The perils of predicting the future…

“… it appears to me that he just as well link heaven and hell in the same speech, as Louisiana and California. I have never seen a man yet, among all the vast crowd that are here, who thinks of remaining longer than he can make a raise; and all that some ask is enough to go home on.” Continue reading

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