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Embracing Slow

Ankle Brace

I’ve written a lot about injuries on this blog. It seems I’ve been quite prone to them since cancer hit my family in 2009. Our society is pretty fast-paced these days, faster than ever before. Information travels at light-speed along the interwebs, and there are more and more avenues to… Read On

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Committing to Celibacy (and art!)

Selfie in the Black Canyon park

Ok, it’s probably not the topic you expected to read on The SpokenCoast Project, but this project is all about inspiring hope, right? Right?? What’s hopeful about celibacy? Becoming closer to “god” if there is one, or whatever your spiritual beliefs may/may not be? No risk of pregnancy or STDs?… Read On

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Grief: 3 years on

Gimp boot photo

When two significant people in your life have death anniversaries 6 weeks apart, odds are pretty good you’ll get emotionally walloped in any given year. Last year was my mom’s one-year death anniversary, so I was pretty wrecked in January 2013. This year, I prepared for mom’s day, and instead… Read On

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Interview: Jacqueline Cleveland, Quinhagak, AK

Jacqueline Cleveland from Quinhagak, AK, on the Yukon-Kuskoqwim delta, speaks about finding art as a grounding force for surviving years away from her village, racism, and loneliness. Her path lead to majoring in film, and producing a gorgeous documentary about her native Yu’pik cultural dance. To view Jackie’s graduate thesis… Read On

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Product Review: 22 Designs Vice Telemark Binding on Fischer Koa 88 Skis

Fischer Koa 88 Skis

Like other gadgetry, skis and bindings seem to make great leaps in technology year-over-year. After 12 years on the same Atomic Kailas and Black Diamond bindings for my backcountry setup, I thought I’d explore what’s new. My goal: powder and backcountry setup with higher performance, but not crushing weight. Despite… Read On

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Sabbatical Sites Round-Up

For weeks I’ve been planning to write about some of the amazing places I’ve visited, but then my fingers seems to keep missing the keyboard, landed on rock holds instead. I’ll do a shortened round-up of sites, for all those challenged by such busy lives. I dedicate this post to… Read On

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Mt. Shasta Summit – June 2013

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City Vs. Country, Part 3

Mt. Wrightson

A few days back, I finished cooking all the scrumptious food given to me by some generous farmer’s market folks from the Ridgway, CO market. Everything was cooked on the coals of the fire, and tasty beyond belief! Although my time in Montrose has been riddled with negative experiences, I… Read On

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Angry Cows

Priscilla the Cat's remains

I have a real luck with animals on this trip… Just after posting about the ghost pig-like creatures haunting my campsite in Valley of the Gods, I had a run in with aggressive cows at a fantastic campsite at the base of the Isle of Ewe crags in the Cochise West… Read On

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Ghost Pigs

Before I left CO, I was directed by a friend to the Valley of the Gods recreation area in Utah. It’s located West of Bluff, UT, a few miles before reaching Mexican Hat, UT. She said it was just like Monument Valley, but without all the crowds and you can camp… Read On

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