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Mount Elbert Wins Again

Earlier in the month I attempted to reach the summit of Mount Elbert—the highest point in Colorado, and the second highest in the contiguous United States. Though I made it to the top of the mountain, I didn’t make it to the peak. My wife, who is both an adventurer and a great athlete, was … Continue reading

An Accidental Hike Up Black Cloud Trail

I accidentally took the hardest trail. Again. After recently failing to reach the summit of Wheeler Peak, the highest point in New Mexico, my friend and I wanted to try again. But we decided to go for the highest point in Colorado this time.  Mount Elbert is not only the highest mountain in Colorado, but it’s … Continue reading

Six Things I learned from Failing to Reach the Summit of Wheeler Peak

My good friend and I took our two twelve-year-old sons to hike to the top of Wheeler Peak, the highest point in New Mexico, on June 5.  Wheeler Peak is in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in northern New Mexico near Taos and Red River. At 13,159 feet, it is the highest point in the … Continue reading

A Long, Cold Trip to the Top of Texas

A year and a half ago when I hiked the Guadalupe Peak trail to the highest point in Texas, I didn’t think my son was ready. He complained about short hikes at the time; he sure wouldn’t have liked eight strenuous miles. Also, it was August and I didn’t want him to die from a … Continue reading

A Day on the Appalachian Trail

My dad and sister and I flew to West Virginia last week to take care of family business. After that, I took the opportunity to hike trails much different from what I have around home. On Tuesday morning we drove to Harper’s Ferry, West Virginia, which is one of the most beautiful towns I’ve visited. … Continue reading

South Llano River State Park: Social Distancing at its Finest

The bright side to all the craziness in the world is that we have more free time than normal. For years, my son and I have gone camping every fall, and usually also every spring, but we have been so busy that it has been over a year since we’ve gone. Until this past weekend. … Continue reading

Hiking to the Top of Texas: Guadalupe Mountains National Park

After writing The Summer of My Discontent, I decided it was time for more adventure. First on my list was to hike to the top of Guadalupe Peak, the highest point in Texas (8751 feet), in Guadalupe Mountains National Park. The first question was whether I’d go alone or find a hiking buddy. My eleven-year-old … Continue reading

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