The Dark Side of “Hike Your Own Hike”

Within the hiking culture, one of the brightest and loveliest philosophies is the concept of "Hike Your Own Hike" (herein, HYOH). This phrase flits about our culture like a butterfly of truth and beauty. Its basic tenets underpin our most basic assumptions that "hikers are good people." You can break down the concept of HYOH …

Advertisements

Where Do Hiking Guides Comes From? Part 1: The Proposal

One of the more personally enjoyable aspects of writing hiking guides is that it often elicits curiosity and interest among some people I meet. People often wonder how I got into it in the first place (a happy accident) and how I even begin to write about a place (I'll get to that). Just for …

On Turning 40

Last week, I permanently deleted my Facebook account. I had been on the service for nearly 12 years, and over the last four years I had become very active in administering hiking groups, following the news of the day, and getting into a lot of pointless arguments with people I don't know personally. At one …

Ontario Peak

One of the newly dominant themes in my life has been a quest to find more age-appropriate human interactions. Most of my interactions with other humans over the past year have occurred in the company of a toddler. As good as he is at using sign language to indicate that I'm pooping when I go …