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Purblind Pillar on a Winter Day

Red Rocks Purblind Pillar Ellie 1

On my way home from dropping off my girlfriend at McCarran International Airport I ran into a couple of climbers trying to get back to Red Rocks.  As I was leaving the recreation center Andrew asked if they could throw their bikes into the van. I said sure. They hurried …

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7 Gifts I Hope Santa Brings Me

Action in Solitude Holiday Gift Guide 2017

Most years I wait until the last possible minute to pick up gifts for family and friends. It’s a stressful situation. But this year I vowed to get my shopping done on time, and I did it! With all my holiday shopping behind me I decided to take a little …

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Took the Leap to Unlock the Peak

Mount Toll Kevin Riley Aug 2017

I woke up in the back of my truck at Mitchell Lake Trailhead in the Indian Peaks not wanting to run, climb, nor scramble. I had an uneasy feeling in my stomach. It was the feeling I had a week earlier when I had the same objective, scrambling from Mount …

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At a Dive Bar With Friends

At a Dive Bar With Friends

When I left the house she texted she was going to be late. I was running on time so now I had time to grab a drink before she arrived. I ordered red wine. She texted again she was going to be another 10 minutes late. To pass the time …

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Watching the River Flow

Rainbow Slabs White Mountains New Hampshire 1

I got lost in the woods looking for a large band of gray, granite slab that can’t be missed from the road. I returned to the car to recalibrate, crossed the river again and headed north up the hillside. It’s hot. It’s humid. I’m sweating through my small pack that’s holding …

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