The Founding Fathers Don’t Support Your Argument

Let’s stop pretending they knew anything about today’s world. Can we stop using the founding fathers as the basis of our political arguments? It’s a sloppy way to argue, filled with fallacy, and it does an injustice to both the past and the present. The founding fathers were imperfect human beings. They had some good … Read more

Backpacking Checklist

This is the backpacking checklist I use for almost every trip. It makes my packing faster and less stressful. Italics are things that I only bring on specific occasions (desert/cold weather/hiking with friends/long distance/etc.). Strikethrus are things I rarely ever bring, but I keep them on the list just in case. I don’t include my … Read more

Backpacking Advice

Friends sometimes ask me to share backpacking advice, so this is an attempt to put together some of what I’ve learned over several thousand miles of backpacking. These are not rules. A big part of the fun in backpacking is the freedom to make your own choices without the pressure, spoken and unspoken, of the … Read more

Klamath Basin – Part 7

Today it’s Wayne Shorter, the eminent Jazz Saxophonist. Shorter is the front man and composer of this album, Speak No Evil, but the other members of his quintet are each legends in their own rights: Freddie Hubbard, trumpet; Herbie Hancock, piano; Ron Carter, bass; Elvin Jones, drums. One might expect a collection of such jazz … Read more

Klamath Basin – 6

The guttural thrum of a diesel engine, muffled by shoreside trees, wafts across Upper Klamath Lake. Though it permeates my present locale, the engine is a small sound in these spacious shores, and leaves room for others, such as my footsteps on this dirt road, and the flapping of loons, scattering from the shore at … Read more

Yosemite High Route Slideshow

The Yosemite High Route is a 94-mile off-trail route through the high country of Yosemite National Park. In the summer of 2020, I set out to hike it with Konstantin Yakovenko, a friend and fellow backpacking enthusiast. Composer Bill Gantt saw my photos on Instagram and offered to set them to a piece of original … Read more