We’re officially on the other side, but the road is long and difficult. Last Thursday, about 10 days after the accident, I finally went into surgery to try and piece together my complete mess of a leg. In just over two hours, I had my ankle, which was badly dislocated, screwed back to my leg, […]Read more "Healing"
This post contains NSFW Language. When you start to climb, you are so into the moment, so into the action, and so into the sport that the consequences are merely under you. We push each other to bolder and bolder places and then when we get on something that we consider ‘easy’ we’re so used to […]Read more "Broken"
For my entire climbing career, I wanted to climb Castleton. That was my tower, it was my goal. Castleton Tower is a majestic 400-foot spire of magnificent Wingate Sandstone that sits proudly on a 1,000-foot cone of loose, rotten, decaying boulders. When I first came to Moab in 2011, my first time climbing outside, I […]Read more "Castleton Tower: The North Chimney"
About a week ago, I did something that even to me was wholly unexpected. I reopened and started re-reading my old art textbooks that had been the basis of an art history bachelor’s degree. As I was re-reading my scribbled notes, as I remembered furiously typing out my thesis, and as I looked over the […]Read more "Art and Ascents: Outdoor Art and Renaissance Ideals"
I’ve decided to take an extended break away from blogging. I don’t know when or if I’ll be returning to Mike Off The Map as a blog, but I’ve decided that the site has accomplished the personal goals that I had laid out when I started nearly four years ago, and to continue the blog […]Read more "Mike Off The Map"
I am a converted snowshoe believer. In January, I was invited to spend the first day of 2015 in ice-glazed valleys of the Mountain Loop Highway. I didn’t have a pair of snowshoes and my experience was limited at best to a jaunt with friends last March. Compared to my climbing and hiking exploits, snowshoeing […]Read more "Tubbs Flex Alps Snowshoes Review"
A couple weeks ago, I was invited to give a talk to a middle school journalism class on my work as a freelance writer. It was a time not only that I got to reflect on my past and development, but to inspire a group of extremely bright children to follow their passion in a […]Read more "How Did I Get Here? My Story As A Writer"
To everyone who supported Mike Off The Map in 2014, thank you for your support, for the readership, for making these adventures and these experiences real. We’ve already started planning big for the next year, and in the next few months, I’ll be announcing several big surprises and a “secret project” that I aim to […]Read more "Thank You"
Warning: This entry is going to be a little more off the cuff than usual. I’ll admit, I haven’t been on my best feeling lately. Somewhere between a recurring knee injury, the pressures of fitting into a new job, the inactivity from spending more time than I’d like inside, and the upcoming holiday season, I […]Read more "Thankfulness: A Holiday Season I Was Dreading Turns Into Something Spectacular"
Crack climbing teeters on the edge between warfare and ballet. The best climbers balance graceful choreography, rhythm and total brutality leaving knuckles raw and bloodied, fingers cut, and palms swelled pink from a mixture of chalk and blood. Last weekend I took my reintroduction to handjams, footjams, cams, and fingers struggling to barely hold on […]Read more "Crack Addiction: It’s Brutal, It’s Bloody, and I Love It"