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Mama, I Finally Used the Snowshoes You Bought Me

Snowshoeing Walker Ranch

  Mama, I finally used the snowshoes you got me for my birthday when I was in high school. Reminded me of the times we’d drive up the road a few blocks to Covington Middle School on cold winter nights way after the sun had gone down so only the parking lot lights and the headlamps of passing cars and trucks ... Read More »

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 I checked my mobile accounts and news stories. Nothing new. ... Read More »

New Bouldering Problems at Whitney and Thayer Woods

Whitney and Thayer Skyline Wall

This was my third season working in Boston. My college roommate Matty left the Harvard Arboretum a few years back and started a landscaping business. He asked if I wanted to make some money. I did. Thought I’d work a few days here and a few days there. Little did I know, it quickly became a grueling, yet fulfilling full-time ... Read More »

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 my water, snacks, guidebook and smoke. Disgusting. I descend what ... Read More »

Allas de la Montañas

Mountain Mind Allas de la Montanas Morgan Miller Action in Solitude 40

PART I From a Tal to a Valle Alpental Valley, WA  August 9th Restful movement through the home mountains. Starting the day, a big breakfast with a partner before he sets out on his solo journey, I continue the morning packing and prepping my gear & possessions for the three weeks I’ll spend on the road in the Andes Mountains. ... Read More »

New Mountain New Snow

Mountain Mind New Mountain New Snow Action in Solitude 2

What was to be a few days on the mountain with close partners cruising around the ice, partying with the sunset, making lazy summer ski turns, eating big backcountry meals–quickly became a full-on training mission. For two days the summer-long drought afflicting the Cascades decided to take a wet and windy break from a seemingly endless summer. Snapped tent-lines, saturated ... Read More »

Two Minutes of Perfection

Morgan Miller Washington Backcountry Skiing

March 6th—Western Slope of the Cascades Time and space is changing.  Last season, upon reaching the coveted #100, I had that strong and familiar feeling that a big round of changes was afoot. There was some unsettlement, but I accepted it, as what other choice is there? My dear friend, mountain brother and climbing partner died. My occupation and time ... Read More »

Laid Up in Reflection

7 Sisters Trail Run Amherst Massachusetts

Just two miles into the 7 Sisters Trail Race my foot came down on an uneven set of basalt rocks and twisted. My ankle buckled. An excruciating pain shot up my leg, followed by a warm sensation, then significant inflammation. Unfortunately, there weren’t any volunteers along the trail, so I had to hobble two miles back to the starting line. ... Read More »

#Roadto7Sisters Report – Zion Ragnar Team Relay

Zion Ragnar Team Relay 2015 Campground Cutter Quarter

The night before the Zion Ragnar Team Relay our team met at a Vietnamese restaurant in Las Vegas, called Pho So 1. I got the Bûn Cha  Giá Thit Nuóng, a rice vermicelli bowl with vegetables, pork, and sliced egg roles served with a fish dipping sauce and Sriracha. Both Jared and Matthew got the same dish. Travis ordered a side order ... Read More »