The Colorado Plateau Physiographic Province is full of contradictory features. How do we winnow the exceptions from the rules?Read more "The Swell"
There’s nothing like a pilgrimage home — even if you’ve made the trip a thousand times.Read more "Back Home: Gallup, New Mexico"
Post-Gila journal extract: A meditation on the similarities between plants and crystals.Read more "Living Crystals"
There’s a radical transformation that takes place for those who descend into the caves of southeast New Mexico’s Guadalupe Mountains — as if the world were changing before your very eyes.Read more "Caving In The Guadalupes, Part 2: Hallowed Ground"
Hikers who make the effort to head down to the Gila will be rewarded with an incredible array of terrains, from slot canyons to meadows to 10,000-foot peaks. This stunning variety is largely thanks to a quartet of supervolcanoes!Read more "The Gila’s Sleeping Giants"
A first cave-centered pilgrimage to “The Guads” induces awe and reveals cosmic mysteries.Read more "Caving In The Guadalupes, Part 1: Wen, Christmas Tree And Lake Caves"
The Guadalupe Mountains of southeastern New Mexico and West Texas are a vast playground for climbers, hikers and cavers. Crazy thing is that they’re composed almost entirely of defunct sea creatures.Read more "Piles Of Dead Bodies"
A trip to Cave of the Domes, the only cavern in Grand Canyon National Park that’s open to recreational caving.Read more "Caving The Grand Canyon, Part 1: Cave Of The Domes"
After a caving trip to one of the Seven Wonders of the Natural World, the universe feels more infinite than ever.Read more "Exploring The Grand Canyon’s Fractal Dimensions"
Virtually every climber uses chalk to improve friction. Unfortunately, few are willing to clean up after themselves.Read more "Chalked Up"