Category: Mountain Man

  • In the Throne Room of the Mountain Gods*

    In the Throne Room of the Mountain Gods*

    Why climb a mountain? Short answer (from George Mallory): “Because it is there.” Longer response (from Reinhold Messner): “Most people are not interested in personal experience. The concept that one can willingly tax one’s physical and mental resources out of a pure joy of living: that one can become obsessed with a hunger to experience…

  • The Great Wall of China

    The Great Wall of China

    [slideshow_deploy id=’1106′] Climbed a mountain trail up to one of the highest and most ancient watch towers on The Great Wall (Jiankou section). Two other climbers had to be rescued the same day. Steep, exposed, with stunning views of the “Stone Dragon.”

  • Arctic Brotherhood Mountain, Alaska

    Arctic Brotherhood Mountain, Alaska

    [slideshow_deploy id=’1103′] Climbed the highest peak above Skagway, Alaska, doing 10,000 vertical feet (round trip) in half-a-day. An all-out assault in Beast Mode. Dan celebrated the summit by playing his trumpet. A grizzly bear trailed us on the descent — wanting the concert to continue?!

  • Mount Whitney

    Mount Whitney

    [slideshow_deploy id=’428′] California constantly amazes with its diversity of landscape! One wild ramble took me from Badwater, Death Valley -282 feet; the lowest point in the United States – then just a few miles away I began climbing up to the highest point in the mainland U.S.: Mt. Whitney,+ 14, 495 feet! It was mid-October…

  • Mount Shasta

    Mount Shasta

    [slideshow_deploy id=’423′]   Mt. Shasta, 14,162 feet, in Northern California is situated in the largest zone of volcanoes in the world, the Pacific Ring of Fire. 75% of the world’s volcanoes lay along this ring, which stretches from Alaska to South America, circles the Pacific Ocean heading north through Japan and back over to Alaska.…

  • Pico de Orizaba

    Pico de Orizaba

    [slideshow_deploy id=’415′]   18,700 foot Orizaba is the highest peak in Mexico and the third highest in North America (after Denali and Mount Logan). Its Aztec name is Citlaltepetl, meaning “Star Mountain” – possibly because its snowy cap acted as a beacon seen from miles away at night. An excerpt from my book: Angeles Crest:…

  • Kachina Peaks

    Kachina Peaks

    [slideshow_deploy id=’408′]   Atop Humphrey’s Peak — Flagstaff, Arizona, the views are dazzling! Air loses 1/30th of its density with each 900 feet of altitude gained. At 12,643 feet we looked through air not just humidity free, but it had lost nearly half of its weight in oxygen and carbon dioxide. We gazed into the…

  • Mount Roberts

    Mount Roberts

    [slideshow_deploy id=’401′]   It’s just a three-mile hike up a well-marked trail to the 2,200-foot summit, but what you can see in this half-day above Juneau, Alaska! There are bald eagles and ravens soaring overhead; hoary marmots whistling up-down-and-around the mountain to one another; and if you go up in early summer (postholing a bit…

  • Table Mountain

    Table Mountain

    [slideshow_deploy id=’394′]   One of the most recognizable mountains in the world, with its massive flattop looming over Cape Town, South Africa. For centuries Table Mountain has been a guiding landmark to mariners rounding the tip of Africa, the confluence of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans. Summit is 3,563 feet and first recorded ascent was…

  • Mount Kilimanjaro

    Mount Kilimanjaro

    [slideshow_deploy id=’385′]   Excerpt from my magazine article, “Red Dirt, Sweet Smoke and Kilimanjaro in The Moonlight”: “. . . At High Camp, during the rest of the day, we keep staring up at that steep, unrelenting Western Breach – an immense, exposed wall looming above you and weighing down continuously on your chest. We…