Finland, the sub-Arctic land of lakes and forests, is mostly flat. But on its border with Norway there are mountaints. One, Halti Peak, at about 3° of latitude north of the Arctic circle, is the highest point in the country, marked by a carin at an elevation of 4,324 feet above sea level. But the … Continue reading Dateline Europe: Can Norway Give Finland All of Its Highpoint?
“Watch out for the jumping cactus,” reigning national cross-country champion Howard Grotts told me before we set out for a ride on the 50-Year Trail in Tucson, Arizona last week. Maybe that was the problem: I was too busy watching out for a jumping cactus. Shortly before this photo was taken, I washed out my … Continue reading Postcard: Tucson, Arizona
We went for a hike. Somebody suggested taking a shortcut. Somebody else said: “And that’s how it starts.” The trail began to fade. The map no longer worked. Then everything went all Blair Witch Project. A photo was taken before the world went completely dark. Somehow it got posted here.
Maybe it’s wrong to eat pizza in front of the ski-shop dogs on Friday nights. They just sit there and stare at me, hanging on my every bite. Sometimes a sausage crumb hits the carpet and they pounce. More often they just keep staring. I tell them I wish I had unlimited pizza and could … Continue reading Postcard: Friday night at the shop
All the big shot Greek gods—Zeus, Hera, Athena, and the rest—live up on Mount Olympus. But there is one god who never bothered making the ascent and instead remains on the down-low. His name is Hades, “Lord of the Underworld.” No altars or temples have been erected in his name. Why bother? He’s one god … Continue reading Land in the Sky: The Public Lands
A hike up the mountain Hawaiians refer to as the House of the Sun. By Lara Dunning The signs on Kuihelani highway said “U Turn OK.” It was almost as if Paka‘a was warning us six early morning risers that he’d be sure to display his power of winds at the summit of Haleakalā. But, we … Continue reading Eye in the Sky
We sent MG reporter Mike Medberry into the belly of the beast. Sort of. As in we sort of sent him and he sort of wandered down to Salt Lake City from Idaho and then sent us his thoughts on the best stuff in the world of stuff. By Mike Medberry Now I’ve gotta tell … Continue reading Crass Consumerism: Finding hope in the halls of Outdoor Retailer
Mountain Passages: A Fool’s Errand? Backcountry patrollers are good people who have difficult job. And this one particular old Bear is a bit tired of trying to please everyone on the trails in winter. By Alan Stark The sun is just coming up over the horizon to the far southeast. A red circle blasts through the … Continue reading Mountain Passages: A Fool’s Errand?
Everyone loves a well-written bathroom-wall story in a mountain-town bar. I was reminded of that when I read the comments above the toilet at the Moose Jaw in Frisco, Colorado, last weekend. My favorite: “Just lower ur standards” “Just lower ur pants” Photo by Devon O’Neil
Going up is hard. Much harder than going down, anyway. It helps to put your head down for some reason … as if putting your head down makes the pain subside. It doesn’t. But it does help. And for the record, it’s hard to put your head down when climbing, because chances are good that … Continue reading Postcard: Going up?