Garrett and I took, what I will consider a life-changing trip, to Scotland to hike Hadrian's wall, and to explore just a bit of the Scottish Highlands (a place that we certainly plan to head back to in order to do some climbing).
WOW - I know it has been a long time, and I know most of you have been waiting for a new post about as patiently as someone I know waits for ice cream to finish!
But wait no longer - there's exciting photos to check out in this canyoneering post!
Well, I took the last two weeks off from writing and from the internet all together in order to explore a new place... my new favorite happy place. Zion Canyon.
I got out there with some of my good friends from college to do a bit of canyoneering, but the first couple of days poured rain in an unprecedented long fall storm, so we ended up doing a lot of hiking for the first couple of days. There were beautiful views nonetheless.
Finally, we got to drop into a couple canyons... we did Keyhole, Birch Hollow, Pine Creek, Echo, Spry, Behunin, and Mystery in Zion before Craig and I headed out to Arizona to drop Water Holes Canyon... a story that deserves a whole post to itself. For now, let's just say it took 33 hours. Hehe.
Thanks to adventure/awesomeness photographer Kat Carney for lending me some camera equipment! Check her out by clicking on her photo below!
Stay tuned for updates on the upcoming podcast!
Until next time y'all, keep avoiding flash floods and have happy happy journeys.
The Prizes: $50 REI Gift Cards will go to the winning stories. 8x12 Prints from the Adventurous Habits Photo Galleries will go to the Runner's Up! All stories may be featured on the website with your consent - just let us know along with your submission.
The Guidelines and Rules: Anyone over 6' in height may enter*. Send in a written, creative non-fiction story of an adventure you chose, or one that chose you. This could include climbing Everest or flirting with the cute cashier at the local coffee shop who you were always afraid to talk to - it's all an adventure as long as you spin it that way. For a good example of making an adv, watch this video.
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The Deadline: You have the whole summer - send in your account by September 1st, 2013. Early entries will receive higher priority and consideration because of the style points associated with sending in your submission early (seriously).
*I'm totally kidding. Anyone can enter.
Stay tuned for an Introduction to Bikepacking tomorrow: because it's that time of year.
Music by my good friend Zach Schmidt - check him out:
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Zach's Band on Bandcamp
Zach on Twitter
The Resignation Letter
In my post on Why I Just Quit My Good Job, I mentioned my resignation letter. This elicited a few questions from readers, so I thought it would be informative as to my reasons for leaving if I posted the actual resignation letter. Authenticity and full transparency is the best policy for me, so hopefully this answers more questions! The school name has been replaced with Esteemed School - you guys understand :)
Dear Esteemed School,
Thank you for giving me the opportunity to be a part of the wonderfully curious community of learners that is Esteemed School. It has been a pleasure for me to see this community of students grow as people, and in helping the community to learn I have grown tremendously myself. When teachers can learn as much from students as students from teachers, a school is certainly doing something right. I am excited to see how the students of our school will change the world.
However, due to the fact that I firmly believe in the principles of full engagement, it is time for me to move on to new pursuits. Energy and interest are cyclical, and intermittent disengagement as well as a meandering course are necessary means by which I will ultimately find my life’s pursuit (doing that which excites me) and achieve my goals (making as much of a positive impact on environmental issues as possible). Thus, I will not be returning to Esteemed School next year. I regret leaving such an excellent school that has done so much for me, but these beliefs and passions are pushing me out into the world, and I am taking the leap.
I wish the best to the school and will be following its extraordinary progress!
Be well and have happy journeys,
Marshall Moose Moore
WATCH THIS! If I do say so myself, it is an awesome video!
Here's To the Class of 2013
This post is a memoir of my reflections from graduation. Do you keep a journal? I find it amazingly enlightening to keep one, and to occasionally reflect on it. That's what I did today. Congratulations Class of 2013!
As you can imagine, leading trad scares the crap out of me. But as I always discuss, we experience the most growth in life from doing the stuff that really scares us. If you can overcome your fear of heights and climb a big wall, you can overcome your fear of taking a leap of faith and starting your own business, asking for a raise, or saying you're sorry.
Luckily for me, I have Joaquin Fox to keep pushing me out of the comfort zone. We climbed a spire in Sedona the day after I got back from the river trip. Awesome.
What do you do that scares you and simultaneously helps you grow?
Dogs Want To Adventure, too!
Maggie asks my mom "Can I go? I think I can fit in the suitcase!"
Loon Bay Stars - Guest Photo
After two days of paddling along the Maine-Canada border, encountering class 3 rapids, driving rains and mild hypothermia, we slid silently into Loon Bay, backlit by a breathtaking sunset. This tree was asking to be climbed. Photo was taken at the moment the stars overtook the sun as the brightest lights in the sky.
marshall moose moore is a meandering biogeochemist (a type of environmental scientist who studies elemental cycles) who is always on the lookout for good stories. The blog is a place to tell some of those fun stories. Check out The Course or The Brave Monkeys Speak Podcast for lessons and actionable goals to apply to YOUR life.
The Life-Adventurer's Manifesto: