Korea & China 2011

Chinese Observations, Part 1 of 1

Chinese Observations, Part 1 of 1

Seriously?  No fortune cookies? I’m sorry, I thought I was in CHINA. 20+ people can fit in a van.  With climbing gear.  In 90-degree weather.  NBD. Sweat doesn’t always collect at the feet of the smelliest person on public transportation. But it sometimes does. I stink. Injuries act very strangely here.  Climbing at White Mountain a(…)

Peeking Into North Korea: Psychos Abound

Peeking Into North Korea: Psychos Abound

I don’t want to call it “the most hostile place on earth” because I’m sure some equally hostile stuff exists: The official sign warning visitors “No Passage!  Dangerously Loose Boulder!“ that is now mounted on the bedroom wall of the guy who jokingly stole it from Canyonlands National Park the day before Aaron Ralston ventured into the(…)

South Korean Soldier Giving the Cold “SHOLDIER” to a North Korean Soldier

South Korean Soldier Giving the Cold “SHOLDIER” to a North Korean Soldier

The “Cold Sholdier.“ South Korean soldier in foreground, North Korean soldier in background.

DICK #1: Dummies In China & Korea

DICK #1: Dummies In China & Korea

Welcome to the first installment of the critically-acclaimed internet series: DICK: Dummies In China and Korea #1 I think I’m legitimately incapable of not recognizing people taking stupid pictures. It all started here. Even harder for me to resist is the opportunity to reenact these scenes for my own camera. Let the series begin…

Sweating Iso-Butane and Crying About it in Public

Sweating Iso-Butane and Crying About it in Public

Yeah…um…remember all that fuel?  You know, the specific camping stove fuel that Tony and I spent a week searching Beijing for? Well, um, yeah…about that fuel… I HAD TO LEAVE IT IN XI’AN.  I am seriously the worst person-who-has-to-buy-fuel-in-foreign-countries, ever. The deal with these fuel canisters is that you can’t travel by plane with them.(…)

Misery, as Measured by Pounds

Misery, as Measured by Pounds

Front pack: 50lbs. Rear pack: 60lbs.