Happy Tramper

The Primal Race Between Sockeye and Brown Bear at Brooks Falls, Katmai, Alaska

The Primal Race Between Sockeye and Brown Bear at Brooks Falls, Katmai, Alaska
I was one of those kids who couldn’t get enough of Mutual of Omaha’s ‘Wild Kingdom’ and the voyages of Jacques Cousteau. Nature’s splendid diversity and mystery was captivating, though sometimes the violence of it made me hide behind the sofa (“Nooooo, not the baby elephant…..!!!”) I found myself feeling the same combination of wonder, fascination and horror more than…

Walking the Ice Fields of Patagonia

Walking the Ice Fields of Patagonia
The notorious Patagonian weather had been following us uphill for most of the day as we made our approach to the ‘crux’ of the Torres del Paine Circuit trek in Chilean Patagonia: John Gardner pass at 4660’ elevation.  I know, less than 5000 feet, shouldn’t be much of a big deal – but at 51 degrees south latitude and almost…

R.I.P.

R.I.P.
A short while ago I finished an epic October hike with a 4-hour descent in a steady cold rain.  As always, when the rain began I fished my trusty Helly Hansen full-zip rainpants out of my pack and slid them over my boots and hiking pants with nary a moment's delay and continued on.  Alas, within a half hour the rainpants…

Afternoon in Bhaktapur

Afternoon in Bhaktapur
The ambiance of the ancient Newari trading center of Bhaktapur in the Kathmandu Valley of Nepal creeps up on you slowly, like the satisfaction of a rich, unfamiliar yet luscious multi-course meal eaten with the fingers. The Newars were the original residents of the Kathmandu Valley and the majority ethnic group until the Gorkha conquest of the valley in 1769. Bhaktapur, a center…

Circling Mount Doom on the Tongariro Northern Circuit, New Zealand

Circling Mount Doom on the Tongariro Northern Circuit, New Zealand
Taranaki once lived with the other mountains of the central North Island: Tongariro, Ruapehu and Ngauruhoe. Unfortunately, Taranaki fell in love with a pretty hill called Pihanga, who happened to be the wife of Tongariro.  After a fiery battle with Tongariro which he lost, the tall and handsome Taranaki, like many a young man, headed west. His falling tears at…
Skip to toolbar