List: Packing for Finland is different than packing for Hawaii

I’m in Finland this week, so I wrote this post last week, when I should have been packing for this trip. Look for an update once I’m back. I’ll probably write it instead of unpacking. Continue reading “List: Packing for Finland is different than packing for Hawaii”


What to say and do when you don’t know what to say or do

A perk of my job is the opportunity to make connections with people—someone I’m interviewing (often someone I admire), someone who reads something I write, and so forth. Occasionally, I get to see or learn or attend something cool, like last weekend’s Adventure Film Festival in Boulder.

We often disparage groupthink as perilous, but it can have the opposite effect, too. Sitting in a theater full of people who are psyched on adventuring, whatever that means to them, is inspiring.  Continue reading “What to say and do when you don’t know what to say or do”

Whatever you’re doing right now—that’s what you would’ve done.

Each week, I sit down to write a post for this blog—usually a tongue-in-cheek list of something related to my (very privileged) outdoor-adjacent life. This week’s post was supposed to be about enjoying a quiet summer with fewer self-imposed goals, but in the wake of this weekend’s violent rallies by literal, actual Nazis, I can’t bring myself to publish it.  Continue reading “Whatever you’re doing right now—that’s what you would’ve done.”

Tinker toys

Speaking strictly anecdotally, many of the smartest people I know have a particular practice in common: as children, they would disassemble things (toys, bicycles) and put them back together to see how they worked. Having mastered the innerworkings of one set of items, they moved onto bigger and more complex objects (kitchen appliances, clocks), not always without consequence, and eventually, in some cases, became capable of changing the oil on their cars or repairing heavy machinery.  Continue reading “Tinker toys”