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Adventure & Holding a Space for our Children
October 2, 2016

“Adventure: the feeling you gain from an uncertain outcome.” A vision for the results of adventure: Picture this, your once young child is leaving for college. You swell with pride as you watch them go. This transition towards independence was both satisfying and easy. When you look at your offspring you see an accomplished and beautiful being. She is resilient, […]

Strong foundations are an important strategy in developing anything worthwhile. Standing on the top of Mt Audubon I was struck by the boys’ smiles. I had  dreamed of and prepared for this moment for years. The day my son reached a peak that involved multiple mountaineering skills. The boys weren’t the only ones with a grin […]

Magic and the Wonder Book
May 15, 2016

“The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.” W.B. Yeats We were first introduced to the concept of a wonder book when Cai was six. It was shared by his teacher as a way of celebrating defining moments, such as teeth falling out. I don’t know what she was […]

Self-Denial, Risk and Parenting: 
February 12, 2016

“I regard it as the foremost task of education to insure the survival of these qualities: an enterprising curiosity, an undefeatable spirit, tenacity in pursuit, readiness for sensible self-denial, and above all, compassion.” Kurt Hahn When you shouldn’t do something is it sensible self-denial?  All I know is not doing something I love is hard. […]

Simple is where it is at
January 11, 2016

As an adolescent one of the things I loved about rock climbing is that life is simple. You are either strong or you are weak. The weather is either kind or cruel. The rock is either solid or chossy. These are  all continuums and the likelihood is that life lies somewhere in between. The thing […]

First Published in Dirtbag Dreams. I love early season skiing in the backcountry, there is a stoke and uncertainty that accompanies it, and as always, a single moment can change everything. One minute I am flying through waist deep Berthoud Pass powder, the next I am staring uphill at my ski-less leg and I know it is […]