Monthly Archives: June 2010

Yogo Sapphire Mine

I spent a day last week at the Yogo sapphire mine in the Little Belt Mountains, west of Lewistown, Montana. With their cornflower blue color, sapphires from the Yogo vein are among the finest in the world. Unlike many other sapphires, … Continue reading

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A nudist beach and the Tetons from above

Just before I returned to Montana, I spent a day with my old friend, Zach. He and I went to high school and college together, and he now lives in Pacifica, California, works for Monster.com, and surfs his head off. … Continue reading

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The Miwok legend of the Grizzly bear, El Cap and the Measuring Worm

My last day in Yosemite, I visited the temporary camp a group of Native Americans from the Miwok tribe set up on the site where their ancestors’ summer village had been. I said hello to a woman with graying hair … Continue reading

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Ladies Wine Night in Camp 4

Last night we had a celebratory evening at Lorna’s cabin on the Search and Rescue site in the back of Yosemite’s Camp 4. It was our first night down after spending three nights climbing Lurking Fear, so we cooked up … Continue reading

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El Capitan

Last night Lorna, Madaleine and I slept on the summit of El Cap. We’d spent the previous two nights on Lurking Fear, a 17-pitch route on the left side of the Yosemite big wall, and were tired, happy and hungry. … Continue reading

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Many Moons of Persia

“I’m from Iran. Persia,” Cyrus said finally. “What are you doing on your visit to San Francisco?”he asked.

I told him I was going to Yosemite, and he replied that he’d been there and seen climbers sleeping on the wall. I said that was why I was headed to the Park, and his eyebrows raised again.

“You mean the very tallest one?” He asked. Continue reading

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