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 weekend I have the honor of competing with a group of fantastic climbers in what will be my first true climbing competition. Limited to bouldering rather than full on roped climbing, I can’t contain my excitement and my anxiousness as I take my sport to a whole new height and win or lose, i’ve […]Read more "Race To the Top: A Preview of My First Climbing Competition"
The long hot lazy days of summer are over and while work and school influence a majority of the day, it doesn’t mean that the outdoors isn’t still calling. In fact, fall time is the perfect season to venture outside and enjoy some spectacular scenery. Foliage turns to yellow and gold, animals are out in […]Read more "Make the Most of Fall: Why Autumn is Adventure Season"
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"
Spring break is a hallowed time for all college students where the possibilities for travel are limitless. In those ten days, away from books, exams, research and deadlines, many offer themselves to the idea of tropical destinations, adventure, or finding their own in a place rich in cultural and historical significance. However despite the destinations […]Read more "Spring Break Travel: Travel Farther, Spend Less!"
I’ve never been a firm believer in Valentines Day. It has always felt like an arbitrary holiday dropped after Christmas, just as that last holiday bill has been paid off. However, when the last chocolate sampler has been polished off, and the roses are well and soaked, it makes the perfect opportunity for shared adventure […]Read more "Find Love and Adventure: A Valentines Day Travel Primer"
See the world in green and blue See China right in front of you See the canyons broken by clouds See the tuna fleets clearing the sea out See the bedouin fires at night See the ore fields at first light And see the bird with the leaf in her mouth After the flood all […]Read more "New Year, New Travels: How To Maximize Your Adventures In 2012!"
Miami is a paradise. Pristine waters kiss fine white beaches under a year round sun. South Florida is the universal symbol of tranquility and relaxation for many. However South Florida isn’t known as an adventurers paradise. At a maximum elevation of a mere 6 feet above sea level, it lacks the majestic mountains of the […]Read more "Hike, Bike, and Kayak Wild Miami: Finding Adventure In South Florida"