11 Things Owning a Dog Has Taught Me About Life

I love dogs. In fact, I can recall several times where I have literally dropped what I was doing (which, one time, included a very important research project) to pet a dog. Yes, dogs are amazing. If you ask me which I love more, it would literally be a coin toss between dogs and mountains. […]

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Three Weeks (And Counting)

Photo credits to my good friend Nick Bein, who decided to live out my dream for me last summer while I seized over his pictures. If you are friends with me on Snapchat, odds are you already know that my 11-day excursion to the Rocky Mountains is only three long weeks away. If you aren’t friends with […]

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Why Summer 2017 Will be the Best. Ever.

Wow do I need to get back in to writing or what? Besides being a great stress reliever, I found that writing is just generally fun. Unfortunately, all of my writing lately has consisted of research papers and nothing else. School has been so hectic that, unfortunately, hiking and photography has taken a severe back […]

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Sorry, Earth

A few months back, I wrote a fairly aggressive piece  on global warming. Fast forward four months, and less than a week into his presidency, Donald Trump has walked into the oval office, dropped his trousers, and taken a dump on the environment. Let me stop right here for a second. I know I have a […]

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Thank You, Baseball

After being the dominating force in my life for 18 years, I’ve decided that it was time to move on from being a baseball player. This was a few years sooner than I anticipated, thanks to continuing knee and back issues, but I can say that I am content with this decision, and leave behind […]

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Why 2016 Wasn’t All That Bad (For Me)

I guess you could say it’s been a while… Yes, between school and life, I’ve had to put this website to the side for the past few months. But not to fear, it’s 2017 and I plan on writing much, much more this year. There seems to be a general consensus that 2016 was a […]

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Love Always Trumps Hate

While I am typically very vocal about my opinions, political or otherwise, I do try and stay away from them on this page. Not this one. Not this time. I’m sure I will take some flak for this article. No, it will not change what happened last night, as much as I wish it could. […]

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Who Are You?

While I’ve been going through the longest time of the semester in terms of classes, I’ve been learning a good amount recently away from the classroom, as well. And all this new information I’ve been learning, well, it’s pretty cool. I take tremendous pride in where I came from. Not just the coordinates of my […]

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It’s Never Too Early

“For what it’s worth: it’s never too late or, in my case, too early to be whoever you want to be. There’s no time limit, stop whenever you want. You can change or stay the same, there are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it. I hope […]

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What Looking at the Moon Has Taught Me About Life

I’d consider the moon to be the pinnacle of exploration for mankind. If I remember, I’ll come back to this site years down the road and change that to Mars. But for now, it’s the moon. Those 200,000 miles turn Mount Everest into a mere sledding hill, which I guess makes my trek up Mount […]

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A Satirically Serious Piece on Global Warming

Do you like penguins? I like penguins. They’re pretty cool. I think that’s one thing we can all agree on. At the end of the day, I don’t lose sleep over whether or not you like guns. If I wanted to stay up all night, I’d increase my already high caffeine intake, not stress about […]

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Tomorrow

I was five years old, and had just started kindergarten. And that’s all I remember. That was 15 years ago. And unfortunately, there are 2,977 individuals who will never have a memory of September 11, 2001. July 7, 2005, 53 people were killed in London. November 13, 2015, 137 people were killed in Paris. June […]

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A Bigger Stage

As I make minimal (no) effort to overcome the typical college student caffeine addiction, I can’t help but be pleased with progress I’ve made away from this site in the past week. As I’m sure several of you know, I am a contributing writer and photographer for the group Outdoor Project, whose goal is essentially […]

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Summer ’16 in Review

As the summer winds down and I do my best to return to my “lazy college student” mode, I wanted to take a minute or ten to reflect on this summer, and I hope yours was as good as mine. This was my first summer as an explorer. Despite being a cold weather guy, as […]

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This Land Is Your Land

Before I begin, I need to thank my good friend and teammate Nick Bein, who recently spent some time out in Colorado and made me incredibly jealous. He provided me with the pictures for this post. While the focus of this blog so far has been the east coast, partly because it’s my home, partly because […]

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There’s an Explorer in All of Us

I love seeing people get outdoors, and I love the idea of inspiring or helping others to get outdoors. There’s nothing like the sensation of being out in nature (pretty sure that’s scientifically proven, as well). I see more and more posts on Instagram and Facebook of people going outdoors, whether it’s just to the […]

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The Greatest Place You Could Ever Go

If you’re a lover of wildlife and incredible views, and don’t mind getting dirty and fighting through more bug bites than anyone deserves (aka do you have one tough bone in your body?) then do I have some great news for you! Forget your relaxing, pampered trip that you plan to take to Cancun next […]

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A Tale of Two Moose

Before we begin, there’s a few things you need to know to understand, well, just to understand. First. I love moose. I think they’re such incredible creatures; combining a mass of strength with beauty. They just seem to be a symbol of the great outdoors. Second. The last time I saw a moose was when […]

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Live a Little

While writing has been a strong suit of mine for quite some time, reading has not. So when we gained 750 feet of elevation in only a mile (in comparison, Mount Washington was a little over an average of 1,000 feet per mile), I had wondered if “The Outbound” app, which I would highly recommend […]

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