Archive for the ‘sublime’ Category

Going off-the-grid. . .

June 16, 2008

I’ll be off-the-grid for the next two weeks.  Don’t worry, I’m not dead. . . I’m just not responding to email.   (I’ll be here).


Summer 2007 R.I.P.

September 9, 2007

The Boothe family was trekking through Kings Canyon National Park, while I was climbing with friends in LeConte Canyon. I rendezvoused with the Boothes in Big Pete Meadow, and we spent two days returning to civilization via Bishop Pass. Click here for photographs. Highlights include:

Swimming at 11,388 feet:

A gnarly climb above LeConte Canyon:

A birthday celebration for Boothe Senior:


Notes on Round Top Peak 10,381′

September 3, 2007

Kari and I enjoyed Labor Day in the Mokelumne Wilderness. Click the image below for more photographs:

Obscure notes for the future:

  • There are two trailheads: Woods Lake and Carson Pass. The trail from Woods Lake is slightly shorter, but the trail from Carson Pass requires less climbing.
  • Winnemucca Lake has plenty of camping spots, but the sites look heavily used. I think Round Top Lake has better (and more secluded) camping.
  • The best swimming spots are along Lake Winnemucca’s west shore.
  • The final climb to the summit is class-3 rock scramble.  This climb can be scary, especially with strong wind.

The Power of Myth

August 21, 2007

Joseph Campbell (1904-1987) was a living encyclopedia of world mythology.  He is best known for “The Hero with a Thousand Faces,” “The Masks of God,” and other writing.  Campbell’s work illuminates the spiritual common-ground between all world religions.  As Joseph Campbell said, “if you want to understand Jesus, you have to go beyond Jesus.  If you want to understand Buddha, you have to go beyond Buddha. . . ”

Before Campbell’s death, he filmed six conversations with Bill Moyers.  The episodes (linked below) were aired on PBS.  If you don’t have six hours to spare, my favorite episodes are #4 and #6.  Enjoy.

Episode 1 of 6: introduction

Episode 2 of 6: the message of the myth

Episode 3 of 6: the first storytellers

Episode 4 of 6: sacrifice and bliss

Episode 5 of 6: love and the goddess

Episode 6 of 6: masks of eternity

Sensible advice #1

May 27, 2007

When you get tired of chasing bibtex entries, go for a hike!


May 11, 2007

During the Heian period (794-1192), a season of peace and tranquility blossomed in feudal Japan. From this time of Zen, we get the word “aware” (pronounced ah-wah-ray). Aware does not easily translate into English. In modern Japanese, aware literally means “miserable,” but the original meaning is more subtle. In the Zen tradition, aware is a sensitivity to the sadness of impermanence. This sadness feels like a longing for something far away. . .

Aware is listening to the ocean in a seashell.

Aware is watching sunshine on aspen leaves.

Aware is finding photographs of old friends.

Aware is realizing that someday all the people I love will be gone.

Aware is a call to action, and a reason to embrace this moment.