Today I was at my kitchen table thumbing through the latest Patagonia catalog, which discussed some of the issues regarding the explosion of popularity of climbing in Southeastern Utah and how it’s affecting the overall landscape. It’s not new that Indian Creek, Moab, and the areas between Dead Horse, Arches, and Canyonlands National Park are some of […]Read more "The Responsibility of Climbers"
The fun scale is a measurement of enjoyment during any adventure. For most adventurers, fun is broken into three types: Type I, Type II and Type III. It’s how much suffering that you feel before, during, or after the climb, run, or long range trek. The moment that when back at the house, winding down over beers, […]Read more "My Love Affair With Type II Fun"
“There is no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing.” — Sir Ranulph Fiennes This year, the environments that I subjected myself to tested my experience and skill as a hiker and as a climber like never before. I had to adapt to a year of tough physical work, long days on the trail, […]Read more "Gear Of The Year: My Top Five Favorite Pieces of 2013"
The harness is hung up, the rope is coiled, the tent and sleeping back lie neatly tucked in the corner of my closet. As the snow dominates the Cascades, the fog and cold weather rolls over Seattle, the trails too fragile and snow packed to get very high, it’s a low point in my outdoor […]Read more "Dealing With the Break: How I’m Preparing for an Epic Winter"
I realize that this site has gone quiet, but I haven’t. Lately i’ve been concentrating my time on my trips, my climbing, my contributions to other publications, and less on my writing here. This is where it started, and as my project now goes into its second year, the weather begins to change, the cold […]Read more "Hiatus Over: Thoughts on My First Full Climbing Season"
Yesterday in Saint Petersburg, Russia, the IOC struck the decisive blow against including sport climbing as an Olympic event for the 2020 games. It was a decision that saw baseball, squash, and the sport I feel was unjustly ousted, wrestling, as possible candidates for reintroduction to the games. Although climbing as an Olympic event would […]Read more "So The Olympics Doesn’t Like Climbing and I’m OK With That: My Case Against Olympic Climbing"
Happy Halloween everyone! On Sunday October 28th, I marked the official one year anniversary of launching Mike Off The Map, my project which started as a chronicle of my journeys and now has turned into something so much bigger. It’s been an incredible first year of stories, adventures, and new friends and future travel partners […]Read more "Thoughts On A Year of Blogging and My Competition Results!"