Five Years

Five years ago this week, I started Mike Off the Map. It was a blog that was simply meant to record some of the places I’d been to, a budding outdoor life, and just generally a way to get some thoughts out. I gave it a month, tops, before I’d probably forget about it. Five […]

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Question Madness

Why live a life that’s perceived as mad? My life is a love story. My life is a celebration of adventure, heartbreak, challenge, capability, and storytelling, the characteristic to which I hold myself dearest. My love story started in the mountains. From the granite walls of Yosemite, where I explored with my mother, a heritage […]

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What’s In A Name?

How do you define your passion? Are you a hiker, climber, skier, and mountaineer? Or do you simply wrap them under “adventurer” and “outdoor enthusiast”? What experience and what at what level of mastery are you allowed to proclaim that title? A few days before Christmas, I was in a Seattle coffee shop with my friend, Beth […]

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What It Means To Fail

I was only 15 minutes from the summit. That’s what those two other guys we had passed had told me. In the faint distance, between a swirling hurricane of ice, the wind knocking me off my feet, and my ice axe disappearing into an abyss of endless powder, was the summit ridge. But I knew […]

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Coming Together: Seattle So Far

I’m finally back, and I finally re-found the motivation to give this site the attention that it deserves. Admittedly the last few weeks have not yielded my most productive blogging time, and the transition from Miami to Seattle has had it’s rough patches. Things are starting to clear up and I don’t have any excuses […]

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Walking With the Wounded: The Reason Why The Eyes of the World Should Be On Everest This Spring

Every so often, the world is treated to an extraordinary event that touches and inspires us, yet goes terribly underreported. This is a story of extraordinary ambition, courage, and will that reaches out to those who believe that injury has robbed them of their aspirations, reminding them that their dreams and aspirations can never be […]

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