19 Days of Trekking Alone in the Himalayas

19 Days of Trekking Alone in the Himalayas

Still alive! I just finished 19 days of wandering solo, self-guided, through the valleys, summits, and glaciers of the Himalayas. The finest mountain scenery available on earth was at my disposal each day, as were all four cardinal directions. There were two separate...
Mount Rainier: Hiking to Camp Muir

Mount Rainier: Hiking to Camp Muir

The soundtrack for our breakfast was the booming of distant rock slides and avalanches. They couldn’t be seen, but they were certainly felt. We heard the first earlier that morning just as the hike began. Strange creakings and rumblings in mountain tongues; warnings...

Welcome to the Jungle

In three wide swings with its massive arms, the orangutan I had been observing from a distance closed the gap between us and landed in the tree beside me with a thud. It was so close, I could hear it breathing. Just as when I encountered the backcountry grizzly bear...

Back to the Forest

The tiny red ant had the strength of a centipede as it buried its pincers into my foot. Nothing new, especially while trekking through a Southeast Asian rainforest. In a place with so much diverse life — much of it in the form of biting insects — I...

Rainforest Time – Finally!

Music, mud, and festivals are all good things, but I came to Borneo with a purpose: to get back into the jungle. Actually, the field here is less of the jungle that I am used to, and more like the movie set for Endor. Green, thick, and amazing. Impossibly tall trees...