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Inspired by the Los Angeles Review of Book’s recent “Speaking Substances” series, I thought I would try the form as a collection of blog entries. The LARB pieces ask, “What if the best source of news about the planetary effects of environmental damage was the planet itself?” It explores four elemental media: Rocks, Bodies, Ice, and Oil. 884 more words

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Baden-Powell 3: Thoreau, or, Living in the Body

I was alone on the northwest flank of Mt. Hawkins leaning against my pack and squinting into the sky. The grass and branches of the manzanita stirred. 2,049 more words

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Baden-Powell: The Glider, Parts 1, 2, and 3


When we got to Little Jimmy, The Husband and I divided up the tasks, the way husbands and wives do. He put the Whisperlite stove together and got dinner started while I set up the tarp and sleeping bags. 3,116 more words

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Baden-Powell: Night Hike, 2

(As a quick recap, last time I posted about undertaking a night hike to the top of Mt. Islip, over and above Son the Younger’s particular resistance to it.) 747 more words

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Baden-Powell: Night-Hike, 1

Backcountry hiking plays into the satisfaction I gain from completing things on schedule. I plan the meals, I plan the mileage, I plan the timing, and I love it when we hike into a campsite about when I thought we would. 1,246 more words

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Mill Creek Summit to Pacifico, Shard #2

Gentle reader, the snake spared him. We turned tail and headed back to the rest of the group, and by the time we’d reached the spot where the snake had reared up, it had slid back beneath a manzanita bush five feet from the trail. 981 more words

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Mill Creek Summit to Mt. Pacifico: Shard #1

Mill Creek Summit to Mt. Pacifico (San Gabriel Mountains; trailhead roughly 23 miles north of La Canada Flintridge on CA2 and N3).

One thing about hiking is that narratologically speaking it’s not really that interesting. 1,026 more words

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