North America

Traveling around North America

Snowmass Mountain

 Snowmass might have been one of my favorite peaks to climb so far.  It's got everything you need...a beautiful backpack, great camping sites, and an incredible ascent that I wouldn't think of doing ou... Read More...

Grays and Torreys Peaks

 After spending the past few weeks climbing some of the more technical 14ers, I wanted to take a break and knock out a couple of the walk up ones near Denver. I'd never done Gray's and Torrey's peaks, ... Read More...

Pettingell Peak

 Pettingell Peak is the high point of Grand Country in Colorado, and a great 13'er near Herman Lake. Getting to the top requires a bit of class 3 rock scrambling and is definitely not advised for those... Read More...

Pawnee Pass

The hike to Pawnee Pass traverses vibrant, varied terrain en route to spectacular views atop the Continental Divide. Two lakes, innumerable streams, abundant wildflowers and extended alpine-tundra travel make t... Read More...

Carnaval Brasilerio 2005

One of the many things I love about Austin is the annual Carnaval Brasilerio festival that goes on every February. It's a huge Samba party thats been going on for about 30 years now, and it's pretty much the ... Read More...

Fire school

Before we head down to the South Pole, the winter-over crew attends a week of fire training in Denver.  This was a blast!  It was a hugely physical class where we learned how to do just about everything that wo... Read More...

Chinchorro reef

My third annual trip to the Yucatan peninsula was by far the most amazing.  Once again, I went with the Austin Scuba Club, but this time there were only three of us. Having fewer people made it so much easier t... Read More...

Halloween 2000

Another Halloween has come and gone, which of course meant drunken debauchery in Austin! This year I went as a perverted priest. Lots of fun to be had with a costume as naughty as that one! We went out at least... Read More...

Mexico again!

 Back in Mexico again with the Austin Scuba Club.  It's another great dive trip, and its even better than the last one.  The main difference is that I'm MUCH more comfortable in the water now.  I've be... Read More...

Mardi Gras 2000

Mardi Gras is always an amazing street party in Austin.  This year there were a few police issues where the local force decided that they were going to demonstrate who was really in charge. Despite the cancel... Read More...