I’ve gotten my fill of the pit’s bottom, and now I begin one of the most strenuous, terrifying and sublime climbs of my life.Read more "El Yoyo, Part 3: Going Up"
Having safely arrived at the bottom of my harrowing drop into El Sótano de las Huahuas, I take a moment to calm down, enjoy the atmosphere and contemplate why it is I do these things.Read more "El Yoyo, Part 2: At Bottom"
Yoyo-ing is a subdiscipline of caving where the vertical dimension dominates the horizontal. Being a climber, I’d expected Mexican sótanos to be a piece of cake. Boy was I wrong.Read more "El Yoyo, Part 1: Going Down"
Bad weather? Hop in the car and head south!Read more "Road Trip: Albuquerque To Cochise"
We outdoorsy types are constantly casting judgements on our wilderness experiences. What if we were to cut it out and simply accept the world as it is?Read more "The Tourist Attitude"
The Colorado Plateau Physiographic Province is full of contradictory features. How do we winnow the exceptions from the rules?Read more "The Swell"
The Earth, and Bosque Farms with it, has completed another orbit.Read more "Revolutions"
We’d like to think that scientific measurement is a fairly straightforward undertaking. It’s really not. Just spend a day surveying underground.Read more "Caving In El Malpais, Part 2: Making Measurements"
There’s nothing like a pilgrimage home — even if you’ve made the trip a thousand times.Read more "Back Home: Gallup, New Mexico"
Is subjective delight justification enough for making a metaphorical connection between the disparate realms of botany and minerology? Or must there be some instrumental value?Read more "Living Crystals, Part 2"