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Trip Report: Nar Phu & Annapurna Circuit

My girlfriend Sarah and I just finished a 2-week trek in the Annapurna region of Nepal from Oct 16-30, 2019. Here’s the report. Click here for a map that covers days Day 1-8 and click here for a map that covers Day 9-14. Day 1: Kathmandu → Besi Sahar → Koto (travel day) The most […]

Trip Report: Southern Sierra High Route

On Saturday August 3rd, my friend Julie McPherson and I embarked on a 5-day trek through the California High Sierra mountains. We followed the Southern Sierra High Route, a challenging itinerary that combines on- and off-trail travel at high elevation (9000′ – 13,300′) and extends the classic Sierra High Route (which Julie and I tackled […]

On Doing Half of a 10-Day Silent Meditation Retreat

What is Vipassana? Broadly speaking, Vipassana is an old-school Buddhist meditation technique which translates as “insight into the true nature of reality.” But I’ve always been familiar with Vipassana in a more specific sense, in regard to the 10-day silent meditation retreats offered around the world, free of charge (including room and board). Ever since […]

A Love Letter to my Readers

Dearest reader, You know me, but I probably don’t know you. Maybe you follow my Facebook posts or email newsletters. Maybe you enjoy my books, articles, or podcasts. Maybe you’ve considered sending one of your kids on a trip with me. Maybe you came to one of my talks, yet you and I never talked. I […]

2018 in Review

Welcome to my annual year-in-review post, where I answer the question: “Where exactly have you been, Blake?” It was another whirlwind year. Are you ready? I’m ready. Here’s the story. Germany & West Coast USA In January I found myself in Deutschland for love. This was an intense and magical period, filled with wintery bike rides, inscrutable […]

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