Death Valley to Mt. Whitney-California

Death Valley to Mt. Whitney-California

In 1997 my long time climbing partner (Tim) and I decided to head back down to the Sierras in California and give Mt. Whitney another go. We had been there the prior year and attempted the Mountaineers Route but due to heavy snow and ice conditions failed to make the summit. This time we agreed [...]

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Longs Peak-Colorado

Photo by Karl Schmidt

In 2009 a friend asked me if I would be interested in climbing Longs Peak (elevation 14,256ft) in Colorado. His family had been having a reunion in Estes Park the last couple of years and they were planning on doing the same again that summer. He had attempted to hike the Key Hole route twice [...]

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Giovanni

Giovanni

Giovanni “LoverBoy” Hood passed away unexpectedly three days ago. Gio was a ten year old Italian Greyhound who came to us from a rescue association. We were the  fourth home if you counted a lengthy stay at a foster family. Gio was a solid, guy kind of dog, not fragile and for a breed that [...]

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Celerity Aircraft

Celerity Aircraft

My father inherited this project from a neighbor who had passed away. The fellow had started the building the plane a few years prior and upon his death his wife didn’t know what to do with it so called my father and asked if he wanted to continue building the aircraft. The Celerity is an [...]

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CHEVROLET

CHEVROLET

I had just graduated from high school in eastern Washington and was living alone in a house that my parents had rented. They had moved to another town where my father had just started his crop dusting business. I was allowed to stay in the rental for the last month of the lease and when [...]

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