Unlike their homogenous neighbors to the north, the countries of South America have vastly different cultures, languages, and histories from both their indigenous and colonial pasts. To visit a few countries and come back making generalizations about South American culture would be both disrespectful and inaccurate. But I wouldn’t be an American (ha, ha) if... Continue Reading →
If you missed it at the beginning of 2018, The Car Free Challenge is a campaign and accompanying web app I created to encourage outdoor recreationalists to think about the impact of their pursuits and to focus on local adventures over those they have to drive to.
I was at my girlfriend’s office Christmas party in Vancouver the other day talking about innovative solutions for real-time monitoring of scour in river beds and found myself saying, “Oh, Chris? Yeah, I met him in Mexico in 2007, we accidentally spent a cold and rainy night in the jungle together.” My conversation partner took... Continue Reading →
“You must be mistaken, they can’t be doing that,” the Vatnajökull National Park ranger said to Carl. Carl had just arrived at the Sigurðarskáli mountain hut on the north end of the park with our packrafts and was waiting for us to finish our five day crossing of Europe’s largest ice mass, the Vatnajökull glacier... Continue Reading →
The Ledyard Canoe Club (at Dartmouth College) invited me to speak at the second Ledyard Explorers Symposium on April 21, 2018. It was an honor to be invited to talk alongside legends like Wick Walker and to hear about some of the deep history Dartmouth has in the whitewater slalom and downriver racing worlds. I... Continue Reading →
I'd been wondering for a while why Strava wouldn't automatically geotag photos on activities, since it had access to the timestamps (from EXIF data) and a GPX track filled with timestamped waypoints and eventually decided to solve the problem myself. I dove in, starting to write a Ruby script that could add GPS coordinates to... Continue Reading →
The Problem Skip ahead to "The Workflow" if you don't care about the background. As someone who is more often on the road than not, I needed to figure out some kind of cloud storage solution for my photos that could be accessed -- and worked with -- anywhere with internet. I also wanted something... Continue Reading →
Author's note: this article was written after the 2014 season. Since then, the Tahltan people lost a major court case; Imperial Metals completed construction of the Red Chris mine. It began operating in 2015. That battle has been lost, but there will certainly be more in the Sacred Headwaters. Learn more about the ongoing fights the local First Nations face to... Continue Reading →