Mount Rogers, Virginia: Getting Cold on the Appalachian Trail

Mount Rogers, Virginia: Getting Cold on the Appalachian Trail

No one expected to step out of the Jeep into a full-on blizzard. Sideways snow blew in 45 mph wind, creating a total whiteout—my second mountainous whiteout of 2014 already (Camp Muir on Mount Rainier was the first). The famous Appalachian Trail itself was hidden by a...
Hiking to Camp Muir on Mount Rainier

Hiking to Camp Muir on Mount Rainier

I lost count of the avalanches heard while hiking to Camp Muir on Mount Rainier, the highest point you can climb to in Washington State without technical skills. The avalanches couldn’t be seen, but they were certainly felt. We heard the first rumble earlier that...
Surviving Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines

Surviving Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines

This is the true story of my surviving Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines while on a small island. Typhoon Haiyan (also known as Super Typhoon Yolanda) was the strongest storm recorded to make landfall. It claimed an estimated 8,000 lives in November 2013. Meeting...
Hiking From Old Manali Through the Solang Valley

Hiking From Old Manali Through the Solang Valley

This is about my adventure of independently hiking from Manali through the Solang Valley in India, but first… An earthquake—the second of the day—rattled the glasses around my rooftop cafe. Exciting stuff, and the first tremor that I’d felt since waiting...
My First Brown Bear Encounter in Alaska!

My First Brown Bear Encounter in Alaska!

I had my first up-close-and-personal brown bear encounter in Alaska! Even writing about this now makes my heard beat a little harder. Skip (an Alaskan friend), my father, and I had float fished down the impressive Russian River for two days into middle-of-nowhere...