So, I just got back from a Denali trip in Alaska - what a trip! One thing is for sure, 18 days of beautiful weather, on a beautiful mountain, on a stellar route, in a beautiful range will spoil someone. Luckily it's the technical stuff that really attracts me, so I can't wait to go back to the Alaska Range and suffer a little more on something steep. Here is a great video from the late, great Jonny Copp about the beauty of Alpine climbing in remote areas.
After my 18 day trip, followed by a week in Talkeetna and then a Greyhound bus ride back to Bellingham, I had spent a considerable amount of time away from "the real world." It wasn't until I was sitting in a bus station somewhere randomly in Northern British Columbia that I found myself staring at moving pictures on a screen, and realized I hadn't seen TV (which is normal because I don't own one) or caught up with the world news in almost a month. I started to wonder, is the oil spill in the gulf still going on? Is the world's economy still depressed? Have people been big wall climbing in Borneo? It turns out the answer to these questions are Yes, Yes, and Yes!