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A satisfying little vibration reverberates through the tool as the axe lodges itself in the ice. It's a good stick. A few rocks up and down and the second axe lifts out of a pocket. A subtle glare gives away a small concave dip right at arm's length above my head and a touch off center, my target.  Keep the hips in, long arms. A swing and a thunk and the second axe tossed chips of ice back over me.  One more swing and the axe sinks itself in with a distinctively clean *thup*.  I give it a light tug to check if the placement is stable.  Gotta remember to...

Sending Fortis, a fun climb at the Talking Headwall of Elizabeth Furnace. [map]

Burnt Cabins from Dan McEwan on Vimeo.

 

A first attempt at some Jeep-attached GoPro footage.

A life well lived requires risk. An epic story demands epic moments. In the run up to turning 30 this past November, I played the nostalgia game and considered whether I had been living life deliberately. In finding a mixed answer to that question, I've come to realize that I have not.  In a rushed lunge at the dying light of my 20's I started a push towards something I considered a more aggressively real life.  Much of this push has come from surrounding myself with fantastic people who undertake awesome adventures - one does as one's community does.  In the last few months...

It turns out that back in March, the House passed a bill which included the following:

Sec. 535. (a) <<NOTE: China.>> None of the funds made available by 
this Act may be used for the National Aeronautics and Space 
Administration (NASA) or the Office of Science and Technology Policy 
(OSTP) to develop, design, plan, promulgate, implement, or execute a 
bilateral policy, program, order, or contract of any kind to 
participate, collaborate, or...