OK folks, here’s the deal: I’m going climbing next week, so the posts may be a bit more infrequent, depending on when and if I can get Internet access.
If I can get online, I hope to bring you some trip reports from the Sawatch Range in central Colorado. Going to try a couple of new things, so I’m hoping it all goes well. Stay tuned; could be some really cool stuff coming your way.
For those too unlucky get out into the countryside, here’s a couple book suggestions that will definitely prime the pump for adventure:
“A Man’s Life: Dispatches from Dangerous Places,” by Mark Jenkins. Jenkins is a frequent contributor for Outside magazine; he’s also a heck of a climber, mountaineer, biker and all-around adventurist. The book is a compilation of short narratives that describe epic climbs, surreal bike treks and adventures in places that none of us will ever get to see. What makes it cool is this guy is an excellent writer. So not only are his adventures gnarly, his descriptions of them are riveting. Definitely worth a read.
“A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush,” by Eric Newby. This is an older book, written in the 1950s when the British Empire was waning, but its subjects were still as adventurous as ever. Newby recounts his plan to leave behind his job in the UK, learn how to climb mountains in Wales, then set off to the Hindu Kush Mountains in Nuristan, a province in eastern Afghanistan. Fascinating to read his descriptions of the place, especially in light of our entanglements there now. Understated, humorous and very British. Still reading it now and really liking it.
Thanks to co-worker Robert Griffin for lending me these two books.
Until next time, see you all later!