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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

The Great Range Traverse

As of late afternoon on Thursday, July 7 the only thing Mike and I had decided upon was that it made more sense to meet in the Adirondacks than for me to come all the way to Vermont from Michigan. I discovered The Great Range Traverse while looking around online, and it seemed rightup our alley. It also fit our penchant for doing things with no matching physical preparation or training, causing us to push our bodies beyond what should be possible. So I really wasn't surprised to find Mike and myself setting out on this hike 36 hours later

We met in the parking lot of the Noonmark Diner in Keene Valley, NY around 6:30pm on Friday. I'd made the trip from Ann Arbor by heading across Canada and through Canton, Tupper Lake, Saranac Lake, and Lake Placid (route here) - eleven hours of total driving, having been slowed down considerably by unexpected Canadian traffic north of Toronto. We left my car in the Roostercomb Trailhead parking lot across the street, each putting a bag of clothes and shoes in that we'd want at the finish, and we then drove to Southern Meadows, lucking out by finding an open camping site immediately.

Minutes after eating a Clif bar each (the unofficial sponsor
of many a personal athletic undertaking), our hike began with a quick 3/4 mile walk from our site to the trailhead, where we signed in, took our time stretching, and finally headed up Marcy. Official start time was somewhere around 8:10am. The trail up Marcy wasn't too much of a killer, but we were in the mist and wind and were pretty soaked upon reaching the summit.

Haystack was also in the clouds with very high winds, but just as we turned and left the summit (approx. 12:15pm) the clouds began to part, allowing us to catch glimpses of the dramatic peaks, ridges, and valleys. Basin Mtn. was #3 and proved to be a challenging near-vertical climb, especially since the trail off of Haystack brought us so far down between the peaks.

Still hiking a steady pace (we joked about having little change in our uphill speed rate no matter what), we summited Saddleback (#4), where we sat to rest and snack for a bit. Then it was up Gothics (#5) and the notable steep faces with fixed wires for those who want them.

Once atop Gothics, the climbs leveled out between mountains. Armstrong (#6) and Upper Wolfjaw (#7) were quick hikes without the then expected rugged and steep rocks to ascend to reach the top. Lower Wolfjaw did give an extra fight, making us work for the final 8th peak of the day.

We reached the car and the Roostercomb Trailhead exactly 11hrs after we'd started. Time for a change of clothes and a grilled cheese each at the Noonmark.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Coast Video

This is the video project I just completed for the Psychology of Creativity course I am taking this semester at UofM. The footage is from a nearly 800 mile bicycle trip I took up the coast of California (from Los Angeles to Arcata) along Route 1 in March 2009. It took me 12 days on the bicycle and a couple of rest days and visits with friends along the way.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011


This is from The Art of Navigation facebook page:
"Navigation is dancing with reality, listening and moving to the music of the universe. Skilled navigation provides the perfect momentum, speed and direction towards attaining one’s full potential, awakening, liberation, or enlightenment.
Navigation is living magic, and experiencing flow, belonging, and happiness. Ultimately, Navigation is living the life of life itself."

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Problem Finding

The readings for this week in the Psychology of Creativity course I'm taking this term were about 'problem finding in art'- about that part of the creative process that people make if they are discovery oriented. The concept is that, if given the assignment to make something, some people will use preexisting models and work toward goals that are already defined and known. Others have less of a set idea of outcome and are willing to engage in problem finding, problem formulation, problem solution and problem evaluation as they create their artifact.

Key words/ideas I picked up are:
  • "Formulation of a problem is often more essential than its solution" - Einstein
  • Deeper questioning, discovery, and taking on new perspectives is the foundation for creative work.
  • Personally felt intentions
  • Originality
  • Creative Research = finding problems that can be solved

Friday, January 21, 2011


Collaborating with artists in other disciplines is central to my project interests. I am curious to hear and see how people translate ideas of navigation, aloneness vs. group membership, maps, and personal geographic history through their particular medium: sound design, visual art, video & performance technology, costuming, and set design.
The list of collaborators continues to grow, and my thinking about creative possibilities has been expanded by recent meetings with visual artist Collin McRae and Performance Technology and Media aficionado Kyle Kramer. The intersections of two or more ideas put together in interesting ways seem to be ripe with potential. I don't want to give too much away here, but collisions between the pools of material (as Joe Goode terms them) are going to happen very soon!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Project: Thesis

I'm going to use this blog to record and display the questioning, thinking, studio-based methodologies, etc. regarding my MFA thesis work loosely titled: Performing Geography.