Learning to Walk

Do you remember that moment, the one where your chubby hands pushed off the countertop and took your first few steps? Parents clapped, took film that they would inevitably watch when you went off to college, maybe you even got a cake. It was a big deal. As we become grown, we start to take…

A Change of Plans

Sometimes, everything goes perfectly. Sometimes, everything goes okay. And sometimes, #%*$ is $&@#%*. Let me just clear some things up, first off. The plan for this trip was to head into the Annapurna region of Nepal and attempt two peaks, Tharpu Chuli/Tent Peak (18,579′) and Singhu Chuli/Fluted Peak (21,328′). Tharpu Chuli was a bit lower…

Shadows

Shadows can be good. In fact, oftentimes it can be easier in the shade, without an unrelenting sun constantly beating down. But within that darkness lurk creatures impossible to see, ones that can crawl inside of our heads and make themselves at home, and we are none the wiser. That’s the danger of a shadow….

Nepal 2017

Stepping off of a treadmill is painfully easy. The STOP button taunts my peripheral vision as I crank the speed dial up, feeling almost masochistic as the burning in my legs elevates with the tempo. In a last-ditch attempt to fire myself up,  I turn my Led Zeppelin to angsty-teenager-in-a-movie-listening-to-death-metal levels. John Bonham’s high hats seem…