A Blog About Our Common Life



Dobie Mountain is the summit that lies just to the north of the ultra-popular Humpback Rocks. Mountain people are the stewards of sites that have invaluable historical and cultural importance-from temples and sacred monuments to ancient forts. Mountain sheep were everywhere, some sleeping by the road, some foraging, bells ringing from their necks as they moved.mountain

With beta from IFMGA guides Mike Powers and Richard Mansfield, my two America ex-pat partners Matt Anderson and Dan Protz, and I set out for the climb. In the time I have been gone, people have left, people have split up, people have had babies. Mount Agung is the highest mountain on the island of Bali with a height of 3142 masl.

Our penultimate offering is an essay on a Japanese funeral ritual by Daniel Nakanishi-Chalwin, with images from Christos Galanis’ series The Time I Shot the Iliad. Come on in…take time to browse…and if the spirit moves you, leave a comment! There on the mountain top with only the birds and shy animals for company, I had the space and peace to deal with all sorts of issues that beset me on every side.mountain

Spore Favore is a local favorite of long time valley musicians who mix jam rock, bluegrass, gypsy and more into danceable grooves. Accessing Crypt Lake’s waters, hidden deep in the Canadian Rockies, requires a boat ride, a rock scramble, and crawling through a natural rock tunnel with entrances suspended high up mountain cliffs.mountain

The height of the feature makes it either a hill or, if higher and steeper, a mountain. I made good enough progress that before I knew it, I had traveled 2.7 miles from the junction with the Trayfoot Mountain Trail. While this viewpoint was fairly shallow (the Valley was not visible), it did have a much wider view to the north.