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Trip Report: Kings Canyon High Basin Route

My friends Julie, Fred, and I just completed a 49-mile backpacking trip—mostly off-trail—through the California High Sierra, crossing the range from west to east. Here’s the report. Introduction Something I’ve wanted to do for a long time is hike across the Sierras, one-way. There are many ways to do this on-trail, but that’s boring.  I wanted to do something […]

Announcing: Off-Trail Learning & How to Live Nowhere

I just launched two big new projects! Off-Trail Learning Off-Trail Learning is a new website I’ve created for young people (ages 14-21) who aren’t satisfied with traditional education and want to blaze their own trails through life. I’m also restarting my podcast under the same name—listen to the first new episode here. If you know a young […]

How to Be Interesting

On my recent Unschool Adventures New Zealand trip, I started a list entitled “WAYS TO BE INTERESTING / MAKE FRIENDS / CREATE NEW OPPORTUNITIES”. Being “interesting” is a mysterious characteristic that many people want but no one is exactly sure how to obtain. I was ruminating on this and decided to attempt to create a list of […]

Pay Yourself in Time, Not Money

I’m 33, and last year I earned $30,000. Perhaps that should give me pause. Compared to other male college graduates who make $65,000 around my age—or my peers in tech who make much more—I’m seriously lagging. I’m not that concerned. In fact, I feel utterly rich, because last year I took home another income: 8 […]

What I’m Doing in Guatemala

This summer I found cheap plane tickets to Guatemala, so I decided to spend my January in the city of Xela (a.k.a. Quetzaltenango). When friends ask what I’m doing in Guatemala, my answers include: brushing up on my Spanish with 2 hours a day of one-on-one tutoring working on a new writing project, with fewer distractions than I’d have back in the U.S. […]