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Tuesday, May 9th, 2006
6:26 pm

....salutations and potato skins...
....I have a question for any and all that are knowledgeable about the purchase of a sturdy, comfortable and reliable hiking/traveling bag...
....im planning a trip out Durango Colorado and plan on camping about for a bit of the time im there...
....I was wondering if any of yous knows a good website/brand of backpacks that will last and arent going to cause me to sell my liver on the black market to afford it....
....hey also if any one is the area and wish to hang out with two smelly kids who are somewhat novices at this traveling thing please respond...
....we will probally be looking for places to stay in town some of the time....
....so if there is any kind folk who would share an abode or nook of theirs for a short bit it would be super rad.....
.....also im open to any and all tips from those who know anything about this area/what equipment is recommended.....

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Saturday, April 8th, 2006
6:42 pm - Travel: Sustainable Energy in Motion Bicycle Tour

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* Explore some of the most beautiful places in Oregon while learning about natural history, deep ecology, and environmental ethics.

* Observe local economics projects and grassroots democracy struggles in places through which you travel.

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Friday, December 23rd, 2005
6:24 pm - Altitude sickness/tibet?

Hello! I have some concerns/questions about altitude sickness, and I am hoping some of you trekking folk might have some answers or anecdotes.

My wife and I are not super-trekkers or climbers, but we do enjoy adventure. We are planning to go to Tibet this summer, but are troubled about altitude sickness. We are both 29, in fair but not athletic shape...the locations we are planning on visiting in Tibet are at 12,000 - 15,000 feet. I have been at 12,000 feet before in the Andes and it was very intense, but I was more or less ok...I only spent a day there, so I had no time to really acclimatize. My wife had a very rough time, but she was also suffering from a headcold at the time.

The medical web sites I visit say that altitude sickness is by nature unpredictable as it affects every person differently, even at different times.

I would be grateful if you could add your opinions and personal experience to the mix. What is your experience with/knowledge of altitude sickness? How many days does it take to acclimatize? What is your opinion of Diamox and how well does it work?

In short, if you were to play "Homeland Security" (ick) and give a "colored alert level" as to how wise it is for us to travel to Tibet, what would that color be? Green, as in go for it? Yellow, as in, go but be careful? Orange, as in, you're taking some significant risks? Or Red, as in, it's a pretty stupid idea?

Any advice (especially personal anecdotes from those who have experienced it...qualitatively, what does altitude sickness FEEL like?) you could give would be gratefully appreciated.

Thank you!

- SW

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Wednesday, August 31st, 2005
12:13 am

In case you can spare a little bit for the Animal Relief Funds....

In response to the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina, The HSUS (Humane Society for the United States) has begun a massive relief effort to rescue animals and to assist their caregivers in the disaster areas. Their highly trained Disaster Animal Response Teams are heading to Mississippi today to begin a multi-state animal rescue and recovery effort.

I read that in Gulfport, Mississippi - there was a seal lying in the street and people were trying to keep it wet. In the picture link, I saw three dolphins stranded in a hotel swimming pool. It is so sad. Animals need help too! Please forward to your animal loving family and friends. Thanks.

But don't forget to help the Red Cross too! :)

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Tuesday, August 30th, 2005
6:20 pm

Please read this excerpt from a New Orleans friend.

Take the time to go to this website and donate to the "Hurricane 2005 Relief" if you can. Thank you.

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Tuesday, April 12th, 2005
2:19 pm - new community in houston for roadies! :)


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Sunday, February 27th, 2005
3:08 pm


I am selling a First Class Eurail Flexipass on Ebay.

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It's pretty cool and I would love to use it, but I don't have the money or time to travel this year. If you're interested, here is a link to the auction:


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Sunday, July 20th, 2003
6:11 pm - Caribou, CO

After a bit of belonging here, it occurred to me that maybe I should actually post something. I don't do spectacular 14er hikes like ogonzoo, but I'm out having an outdoors "adventure" nearly every weekend. Sometimes it's a hike, sometimes it's a roadtrip, and occasionally it's something like today.

Today I made the drive up to the ghost town of Caribou, and the place was absolutely lovely. I'm guessing it was about 65°F up there (roughly 10,000 ft.), which was a welcome break from the 100°F temps we've been down in Denver metro. It was thundering the whole time I was there, but it was in the distance and the car was never out of sight, so I ran around in the meadow amongst the ruins until the storm finally chased me off the mountain.

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5:54 pm


climbed pikes peak yesterday, fairly easy for the most part. there were a couple of sections where you are climbing fairly rapidly for a long time, it was a perfect day we managed to beat all the storms. we headed out to pikes peak at about 4am, hit the trail at 7 and started hiking the 11.6 miles from the crags. it was an odd hike mostly due to the fact that anyone can just drive to the summit so it was a little bit unfulfilling i guess, it is just weird hitting the summit and running into a ton of people on their cell phones running ramped in a gift shop.... but at the same time an amazing hike, ran all over the place, free climbed a few cliffs and took a ton of photos. even ran into a trail crew cleaning up some erosion, they were passing out free spf15 sun block with their volunteer phone number and web site on it. thought that was kinda cool.. but non the less still amazing views and sweeping vistas, i give this hike a 6 out of 10 rating mostly due to the anti climatic summit. you can click the image to get a larger version.

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Thursday, July 17th, 2003
6:23 pm - Longs Peak - Colorado 14,255 feet - Lat/Lon: 40.25N, 105.61W


started up longs peak via the keyhole route at 2am in the morning, head lamps and a partially full moon lit the way. climbed to an area known as the boulder field just in time to see the first crack of daylight creeping in over the horizon, the morning ushered in a few little fluffy clouds and a spectacle of colours blues, pinks and oranges. headed up to a spot known as the keyhole to finish off the spectacle and have some water. what is about water that makes water taste so good when in the mountains? as soon as there was enough light to make my way over the the next part called the ledges, crossed a couple of small glaciers along the long narrow ledge. eventually came to a shoot straight up the side of long peak known as the trough, 1000 feet of elevation will be made in less than a half mile, this by far was the hardest part of the entire trek but by far my favorite. with every step or pull i made the view kept getting better and better everything around me became so small and all my trivial little problems in life seemed to just float away. finally found myself at the top of the ridge at a small section called the narrows, much like the ledges except even more narrow and much higher. finally the home stretch, i kinda imagined something called the home stretch as something easily hiked, kind of a stroll to the summit but no no this was a steep 500 foot scramble to the top, one last up hill grunt up tons and tons of slick rock then a 360 degree plateau. spent a while on top. eat a sandwhich, drink some water and snap a few photos. the weather was amazing, very little wind and a bright sun beating down. i love unwinding on top of a moutain after such a long hike, laying down on a nice rock and just drifting maybe dozing off for a few minutes. you know the funny part about climbing is? as i am going up and up and up i never once think about the fact iam going to have to climb back down this... i hate going down. back at the keyhole you run into all the people who decided that longs peak was not for them, crashed out on the rocks in pain. it was a good day, a long long day. here are a coupl of photos you can click them to get a larger version. have fun.

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Sunday, June 8th, 2003
1:04 pm

had a fantastic couple of days, first summit of the season and on top of the highest mountain in the rocky mountains, mt elbert. hit the trail head at about 9:30pm last night near bueno vista, night hiked in about 4 miles with the path lit only by our lonely head lamps, the snow started to fall once we reached about 10,500 feet. we started to look for someplace relatively flat to set up camp. found a great spot at 11,500 feet with a great set of trees to block the wind from toppling us over in the weee early morning hours. setup camp and started a late dinner of "just add hot water" mexican spicy beans and rice, cheese wheels and hot coco. hit the sack and kept very warm in my brand new marmot never summer 0 degree sleeping bag, quickly dozed off into never never land and had dreams of warm tropical places and cloudless nights... woke up around 6am at cloud level, the snow had started to slow down as i sat inside the tent and watched the clouds elegantly drift through the camp site, all i could think about were angels it was a really beautiful thing to see. around 6:30 i summoned enough energy to step out of my sleeping bag and into the crisp morning air, searching for oatmeal and water to boil. after breakfast we packed up, stashed all our overnight camp gear in a strategically hidden location and set a way point in the gps. strapped on the day packs and headed up to summit mt elbert... climbing mt elbert was quite an amazing thing, i love all the mountains in this area known as the the sawatch range. i know this range so well that from on top of elbert i could recognize each and every mountain, i know them so well each unmistakable feature. after a few painful hours of climbing, finally at the top, 14,400 feet can be very cold this time of year, wind gusts were about 25 mph and the temp was around 20 degrees, i could barley move my face i was so cold. we posed for our traditional summit photos, shot some video, signed the summit log and headed down into warmer weather. hope you enjoy the photos, let me know what you think. ...and as always you can click each photo to get a much more detailed larger version... mmmmm panorama!


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