The Pamir Highway, Tajikistan

Crestone Needle, Colorado, USA

grand_abai_couloir-25 September 22, 2014
The St. Ives Harbor, or the scene of the crime September 16, 2014

Camp Cheddar

September 15, 2014


Sunset from the Mendip Hills above Draycott Village, looking towards Cheddar Resevoir

Cheddar Gorge is surprisingly similar to a lot of the touristy places in Colorado: the main attraction is nature, which brings a lot of people walking and driving around dumbfounded by the incredible natural beauty, but also lots of sporty folks, drawn in by the nearly endless sport climbing and vast trail system for walking and running.

Posted in: Climbing, England, Running

Run Warwick Castle

September 4, 2014


Davinia on the tow path between Royal Leamington Spa and Warwick

Running to see places is great in that it combines both exercise with tourism, and one can see sights more in depth from the ground rather than from the second story of a double decker bus. Yes, I do arrive at somewhat crowded places wearing bright synthetic shirts and sweating profusely, but it also creates a nice halo of space around me at all times as most people don't like to touch visibly sweaty people.

Posted in: England, Running

Crossing Scotland

September 3, 2014


Dusk at Loch Earn, Scotland

The four of us sat in the car at the trailhead in Glencoe, questioning what to do. We watched dozens of tourists exit their tour buses, snap a few photos, and return to the bus completely soaked. Climbing was ruled out after some deliberation, so we drove to Glencoe Village for lunch, turned the car around, and decided to return to Edinburgh with our tails between our legs. Scotland's weather was simply too mean, but I'm sure that if you can get to West Scotland on a clear day, it is probably one of the most beautiful views in the world.

Posted in: Roadtrip, Scotland

First Munro – Mayar

August 19, 2014


James leading the way up to Mayar

Some might know of the bigger feats, such as reaching the summits of the 14 peaks that rise above 8,000 meters or summiting the "Big Three" in the Alaska Range (Denali, Sultana, and Begguya, also known as McKinley, Foraker, and Hunter). But one mountaineering list I was completely unaware of, until I was standing on a summit in Scotland, is the Munros.

Posted in: Mountaineering, Scotland

The Unpronounceable City: Edinburgh

August 18, 2014


Dirty Burning, by Victoria Morton

The highlighted cultural activity in Edinburgh was the Scottish Museum of Modern Art. Some of the art was questionable, but some was absolutely fantastic, especially the neon words at the entrance (perfect after reading The Dharma Bums by Jack Keruac), and all the work by Victoria Morton, especially Dirty Burning.

Posted in: Scotland

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