A plug for breaks

Tweet There was nothing but jagged peaks in every direction. Endless layers of Cascades stretched across the ashen horizon, with the especially prominent crown of Mount Jefferson towering over the rest. Another of Oregon’s largest mountains unraveled beneath my feet. We were climbing up Mount Hood’s spine on our skis. Fibrous skins sticking to each […] more


Stepping forward

Tweet My sign had gone limp, the victim of another misty day in the Pacific Northwest. A savvier Oregonian speared her laminated poster into the damp sky. “THIS PUSSY GRABS BACK”, it screamed. It was impenetrable. A chorus of lively women started chanting behind me. “This is what democracy looks like! This is what democracy […] more


From Couch to Backcountry

Tweet I was standing in a long line of gore-tex and goggles, waiting to purchase a lift ticket for a day of skiing. Or for whatever tiny portion of the day remained after the endless line robbed me of several skiable hours. I was the outlier in the crowd of seasoned skiers. Instead of bright […] more


Doing the Write Thing in 2017

Tweet The first story I wrote in 2016 was a tale of rejection. It walked its reader (singular) through humiliating breakups and infidelity, heartbreaking phone calls from potential employers that preferred other candidates, and a letter from my preferred university that politely declined the opportunity to educate me. That letter quickly became the victim of […] more


11 things that are different about this round of 100 miler training

Tweet Back when I was a beer professional, I would frequently hear our founding brewer  doling out advice for homebrewers and aspiring zymurgists. His main tip was always the same: When you’re developing a recipe for a new brew, only change one element at a time. That way, when you go from total sludge to the […] more

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