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Books

More than 15,000 total copies sold (as of 2019).

The Art of Self-Directed Learning

Independently published in 2014

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Better Than College

Independently published in 2012

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College Without High School

Published by New Society Publishers in 2009

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Other Writing

Personal Blog Posts

Click here to browse all previous posts. The three most recent ones appear below.

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 […]

Articles in Which I Appear

Highlights: Chris Guillebeau (2016) — Psychology Today (2016) — Christian Science Monitor (2016) — BBC Travel (2013) — USA Today (2013) — New York Times (2012) — Wired.com (2012)

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