Tramping to the Heaphy Hut

For the adventure minded traveler, tramping in New Zealand is just something you do. Kiwis have developed one of the most well organized hut systems in the world. To visit and not spend time wandering in some of the world's most spectacular terrain is a missed opportunity. Read More...

Tribute to a friend....

This is written in tribute to a special friend:
It is common sense to understand that humans are naturally inclined toward the spirit of adventure and discovery. Good adventures shape our lives and adds colors to our life experience and ultimately shapes "who we are". Fortunately, through-out time there have been those that are better able or more capable, more willing really, to capitalize on this most basic instinct. These friends climb a bit higher and these travel partners go the extra distance ( even if that distance is more than 3000 miles away and you're driving a 1984 Nissan truck) with the confidence to enter a new world...... walk into a new adventure knowing that the smiles, laughs and story will far outweigh the inconvenience of leaving home. Beth was one of these friends. Beth was an adventurer. She was fueled by her thirst for knowledge and the promise of the unexpected. Adaptable and good natured, She made friends easily and, by giving a glimpse of her spirit, was identified quickly as confident, committed and smart. In other words, a great partner in adventure. She moved through a dizzying amount of timezones, and befriended colorful souls everywhere she traveled. She marveled at mountain chains and enjoyed a great whitewater romp as much as a hot coffee for cold beer from a street vendor. As long as her old cassette player was playing and her truck still running there was no telling where she'd end up. California, Colorado, Prague, Paris, The Yukon, the list goes on and on. I was fortunate to have bounced around in the seat next to her as she navigated many a dirt road in the middle of nowhere. She shared with me her curiosity and willingness to explore new places and make the acquaintance of many a good people. I was fortunate to have had a good portion of her healthy sense of adventure poured on me. Her confidence rubbed off on me. She led by example and showed me it was OK to venture a little further away, be more trusting and have more adventures. I was still learning.......


Thank You Beth you are an adventurer extraordinaire, spirited friend and missed sister.

Long live high water!

Long live high water flows and huge whitewater! Hearing news of the latest release from the Glen Canyon Dam into Grand Canyon brought a huge smile to my face. This four day period of pumped up releases out of Lake Powell is certain to delight some boaters on the river and soil the shorts of others. No matter what end of the excitement spectrum you like to play, one thing is undeniable. If your on the river right now you'll be dealing with big water. At normal release flows, anywhere between 8,000 cfs and 17,000 cfs, the rapids in the Grand are rambunctious and playful. The Colorado River at 40,000 cfs is sure to man-handle a few unsuspecting boaters.Truth be told, not all rapids will get burlier and more intense. Many will wash out. Sometimes too much water drowns the whitewater features and the rapid simply disappears underneath all the flow. Other rapids however can take all that the river can give, meaning the more water, the bigger the features. If they don't wash out then watch out. Deeper wave troughs, higher wave peaks and exploding mountains of whitewater are the result. Remember Hermit, and if you don't, after seeing it at 40,000+ cfs you will. Literal mountains of whitewater with exploding tops all lined up in a row. It's a beautiful thing.
If you have never been rafting down the Grand Canyon you should put it on your "to do" list. The Grand is an amazing place with beautiful whitewater. High flow or low, theres always plenty of water in the big ditch. Consistent fun at any water level coupled with astounding scenery make for the trip of a lifetime.