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Out of the Purple Valley

Out of the Purple Valley

This is the sixth post in our summer series "Lessons Learned in the Woods." Find the intro here. We had just begun the winding drive back to our campsite when we heard the familiar sound of an ambulance coming our way. There was only one thing it could mean: a climber was in trouble. We had just completed a satisfying day of rock climbing at the poetically named Purple Valley in the Red River Gorge, Kentucky. As first-time visitors of this crag, we were exhausted from the extra miles we’d put in searching for the routes we wanted to climb. Our stomachs...

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5 Ways to Reclaim Your Attention

5 Ways to Reclaim Your Attention

This is the fifth post in our summer series "Lessons Learned in the Woods." Find the intro here. Give me a shout if you’ve ever caught yourself mindlessly scrolling through social media, standing up in the middle of the living room, when you’ve got a million other things to do and you can’t believe where the last hour went. The first step towards taking control of your smartphone is admitting that it already controls you. A few weeks ago I heard an interview that blew my mind. Tristan Harris, founder of Time Well Spent introduced me to the Attention Economy. Suddenly...

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Secure Your Own Oxygen Mask Before Helping Others

Secure Your Own Oxygen Mask Before Helping Others

This is the third in our summer series: Life Lessons Learned in the Woods. I realize this is mostly a story about flying, which isn’t exactly the wilderness, but wilderness guiding experience applies. You'll see, I promise. Enjoy! When I fastened my safety belt at the beginning of the flight, I had no idea how different those words would sound at 30,000 feet. We took off under clear skies. Almost a year prior I had experienced long delays and an unexpected overnight layover due to thunderstorms. I was considering myself grateful for the lack of extreme weather. But it was...

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