Below please find a sampling of links and clips to published work from the last year. Want to see more? Please let me know.

Embracing Adversity, Trail Runner, Fall 2011

Brooks Williams, 28, of Colorado Springs, Colorado, is hoofing his way out of the May Queen aid station on his way to the 11,071-foot summit of Sugarloaf Pass in Colorado’s 2011 Leadville Trail 100-Mile Run. It is the first major climb, less than 20 miles into the race, and Williams has just hacked up a wad of mucus that resembles an olive-green cinnamon gummy bear in both size and consistency. …

Branding Oregon’s Beef, Oregon’s Agricultural Progress, Fall 2011

Jared Kerr gets up before sunrise and puts on his boots, jeans, and chaps. He saddles his horse. A well-worn cowboy hat shields his already-tanned face from the early spring sun. Then, sitting high, one gloved hand tucked into the pocket of his vest for warmth, Kerr and two neighbors ride out to the pasture land of Harvey Ranch. Three hundred head of cattle slowly raise their eyes, their bovine expressions wary. Something is up.

Swept Away, National Parks Magazine, Summer 2011,

…It took barely 10 minutes to drown Johnstown under the 20 million tons of water released by the dam. Four hours for oil to spread through the water-sodden debris swirling at the town’s Stone Bridge, which acted like a sieve straining boxcars, animal carcasses, barbed wire, factory roofs, homes, and humans (some 300–400 still breathing). An instant for that oil to catch fire, the spark likely coming from spilled coals still hot from a nearby kitchen. One night for the fire to rage. Five days for the brand-new relief organization, the Red Cross, to appear in town. One month for businesses to reopen. Five years for the clean-up effort to be completed. Seventeen years for the last victims’ bodies to be discovered in a floodplain near New Florence, Pennsylvania. In the end, more than 2,200 people died—770 of whom were never identified—and hundreds more were never found. …

Back to the Earth, 1859, Winter 2011

In December 2009, with the Hood River County unemployment rate at almost 8 percent and climbing, Tyler Miller, the lead mechanical engineer for a successful aeronautics engineering company in Hood River, quit his job. After seven years, and with his first child on the way, he’d had enough of high-tech. He wanted simple, elegant, placebased work. Building unmanned aircraft for the Department of Defense and other military contractors wasn’t cutting it.…

Step Back Helps a Solo Climber Go Up Again, The New York Times, Fall 2010

The southern Andean wind that had blown steady and strong all day gusted harder, transforming Althea Rogers’s tent into a kite. With fingers numb from the cold, she tried to anchor the shelter to the mountainside, but at barely 5 feet 4 inches and 115 pounds, she could not. In an instant, Rogers was swept off the exposed ledge and fell 20 feet onto the loose rocks below.

A Successful Life, The Dirtbag Diaries, Spring 2010 (Audio)

Success. What is it? How does each of us define it in our lives? It’s a question that has hovered over many of the stories we’ve told in the last three years.