October 1, 2013 by Eric Hanson General 0

Live a Good Story

Every great story has an inciting incident. An inciting incident is a door we pass through from which there is no returning. In The Hobbit, everything changes for Bilbo when he allows the first dwarf to enter his home. Everything in his world changes after that. In The Sandlot, the crux of the story changes once the kid takes his dad’s Babe Ruth signed baseball. Then when someone hits the ball over the fence and into the junkyard, the whole gang has to work together to get the ball back from “The Beast.” In Donald Miller’s book A Million Miles in a Thousand Years, he talks about the idea of story, such as a book or a film, and how we can use elements of story to help us live the kinds of stories we love reading or watching. In his book he writes about the importance of “inciting incidents,” and how they propel a character into the meat of a good story.

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September 24, 2013 by Eric Hanson General 1

Reconciling Risk

How likely is it that I will survive this? Will I get injured? Stuck? Will I fall? Get caught in a flash flood? Get hypothermia? Is this worth the risk? As someone who works in the wilderness and spends a huge portion of my time engaging in outdoor activities, I am constantly calculating risks, weighing them against the rewards of an activity. It is the nature of being an outdoorsman. The wilderness is a domain outside of our control. What might be a pleasant stroll one day could be a life-threatening experience the next. The fact that the wilderness is outside our control is exactly why it is so alluring. The wilderness is wild.

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After the Flood

The last week and a half have been a wild ride. What began as a normal day of canyoneering, nearly turned lethal. If descending the canyon had taken five more minutes, people would have died.  I could have been responsible for the loss of three other’s lives, and potentially putting at risk a Search and Rescue team as well. The weight of that responsibility, even though everyone is safe, has been heavy on me.

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September 5, 2013 by Eric Hanson General 34

Surviving Behunin (A Debacle)

Today I am humbled. Yesterday could have been the end of me, swept away in a flood of raging water. I underestimated nature, and its ability to turn from tranquil beauty to a freight train of violent energy that destroys without mercy.

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Choose Hard

Many people dream of sipping Mai Thais on a tropical beach somewhere, toes in the sand, without a care in the world. The turquoise waters melodically crashing before you with a warm sun overhead. It sounds pretty perfect right? And yet,

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