One of the benefits of being off on injury is that I get a lot of time for contemplation. I remember a lot, I get inspired, I relive memories, and I think about things that went right, and things that went wrong. Something I’ve been thinking about for a long time, was looking back six […]Read more "That Time That I Learned to Climb (And Ruined Someone’s Date)"
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"
This Veterans Day weekend, November 10-12 marks the final free national park day weekend of the year. It’s an excellent opportunity to get outside, enjoy the last days of pleasant fall weather before the winter chill hits, and get lost in the wilderness. It’s also an opportunity to teach the responsible care of our national […]Read more "Save Our Land: Three Endangered National Parks"
I am a constant, ceaseless, and sudden traveller. I like planning trips on a whim, I don’t like to wait too long between ideas and action, and if I see an opportunity i’ll take it at any cost. My recent jaunt through the Northwest from conception to execution was planned out in the span of a few […]Read more "Travel Cheap and Travel Often: The Laws to Traveling On A Whim"
Mike Off the Map has gone quiet. Too quiet – and to my fans I apologize for the long wait in between updates. So what’s been going on? There’s been a long period of activity, projects for other sites, planning and executing trips and adventures, and I had little time to get back to my […]Read more "An Update and the Reveal of My Future Plans"
“Let’s go surfing!” My friend Melissa had eagerly been trying to get me to try surfing for a long time now. As a climber obsessed with the mountains i’d never been attuned to adventures on the ocean, strange for someone living in Miami. Surfing is a lifestyle in its own right. A sport that has […]Read more "Surfs Up! My First Time Surfing at Deerfield Beach"
“Mountains are not stadiums where I satisfy my ambition to achieve, they are the cathedrals where I practice my religion…I go to them as humans go to worship. From their lofty summits I view my past, dream of the future and, with an unusual acuity, am allowed to experience the present moment…my vision cleared, my […]Read more "Up In The Clouds: How Climbing Changed My Life"