Denali-Alaska

Denali-Alaska

After weeks living on the ice and snow our plane finally arrived. We had been waiting for several days for a clearing in the weather and finally we had a break. The ski covered wheels of the Cessna slid across the snow as it came in fast, turned in a half arc and with the [...]

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The Mine and the Lost Wrench

The Mine and the Lost Wrench

My Grandfather Elmer Hood was a man of many trades. During the Great Depression of the 1930’s he used his skills as a mechanic maintaining mining equipment in Colorado. Towards the end of one of his shifts at the mine he was called to the foreman’s office and told that a small gas engine/compressor that pumped [...]

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Sadie and a Spirit

Sadie and a Spirit

It was a late spring weekend as we hiked up the ridge to our camp above Silver Creek. We set up our tents and with the whole day ahead we headed up Kachess Ridge to the high point around 5500 feet. Snow patches still remained on the ridge as we approached the rocky summit block. [...]

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Condoriri-Cordillera Real De Los Andes

Condoriri-Cordillera Real De Los Andes

Climbing….Day after day we worked our way up snow filled gullies. They would steepen, narrow and finally ending with sheer drop off into the next valley. Down we would retrace our steps to a flat area near our tent. Over the course of days we had made small tables and a sitting area from the [...]

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Dangerous Roads-Bolivia

Dangerous Roads-Bolivia

La Paz to Coroico (El Camino de la Muerte)  The mini bus choked and sputtered as we left La Paz. Every seat was filled.  I was crammed against the window as we drove out of the city, climbing higher into the thin air.  As we approached the 16,000 foot pass our driver reached out and [...]

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