October 2, 2013 by Eric Hanson General 0

Launch Your Dream

How many of us like to sing in front of a crowd of people? Only a small percentage choose to do it. The rest of us would rather not. We’d rather not be judged, or humiliated. We’d rather not put ourselves out there, because we’d rather not give others a golden opportunity to think less of us. Starting any creative endeavor can feel like getting on stage in front of a crowd, singing your heart out, only to hear David Hasslehoff tell you he’s seen more talent in lumps of plastic. We look at others who have already started successful things, and wish we could be like them, that we could start something that a hundred thousand people clamor over.

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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 32

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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The Depths of Mystery

This is a hard, cruel place. A place that can kill you in an instant. One mistake, one oversight, hell, a simple raincloud can take your life. Oh, but its as beautiful as it is cruel.

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