Burnt Out

Driving south on Hwy 101 from Santa Barbara back home on Friday morning, the air is thick with smoke and ash. Everything is a dull gray. The daylight, such that it is, provides flat, dispersed lighting. There are no shadows; everything is dark and dreary. The hillsides to my right are burnt. Only charred remains …

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A Sense of Loss: The Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival 2017, Part Two

Overcast skies greeted us as we headed up Tunnel Mountain on Tuesday morning. Rain and snow were forecast for later in the day, but we were bolstered by relatively warm temperatures in the 30s. We met Barbara and David, friends from my Sierra Club climbing days, on the trail. They had started before we did …

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The Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival 2017 – Part One

The Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival is the largest and one of the most prestigious mountain festivals in the world. Hundreds of film and book entries are submitted from around the world and most events at the Banff Centre sell out during the weeklong extravaganza. Following the festival, many of the best films are …

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Renewed Friendships and New Adventures

It was the final meeting of the Boeing Outdoor Adventure Club, the 2016 Holiday Party.  My membership in this organization stretches back almost 30 years, back to when it was the McDonnell Douglas Backpacking Club.  So many memories, so many adventures.   It’s the friendships, touched with nostalgia, which caused me to brave the rush hour …

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P22

A week ago my wife and I attended the Urban Wildlife Week kickoff at King Gillette Ranch in Malibu Canyon featuring a screening of ‘The Cat that changed America’. Yesterday, Urban Wildlife Week culminated at Griffith Park with the second annual P-22 Day Festival. For those of you unfamiliar what P22 stands for, P22 (Puma …

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