The Disposable Mountaintop

The Disposable Mountaintop

A leopard doesn’t change his spots – so why do human interlopers so often reach for a new coat? Or, for that matter, new boots…new backpacks…new skis…new things so new in their newness…

Too often the answer precedes the question – if the question is ever asked at all. And that answer is automatic and predictable: ‘This new coat makes me a whole new cat!’, they say. As this subconscious ethos animates the contemporary outdoor community, it’s no wonder that sales of outdoor products continue to increase. In the context of this material explosion, the question must be asked: At what price do the outdoors become inextricably consumerist? Does the mountaintop exist to be climbed, or just to be marketed?

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Down With The Watchmakers

Down With The Watchmakers

Too often a memory of swooping spectacle; too often the food, the drink, the cost. All said, all done, all consumed, in detail. Still, the writing pours forth, as if the world lacked autobiographical banalities.

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Wildly Cute & Dangerous

Wildly Cute & Dangerous

From street to street, Gentrification bewilders cities with one undeniable pattern of change – what once was, is nevermore the same.

So goes the conversation in coffee shops and convenience stores…gentrification, we assume, concerns the so-called built environment; but rarely discussed is the un-built environment, the outdoors.  Continue reading “Wildly Cute & Dangerous”