Night Flight

Night Flight

Flying at night in a small plane at low altitudes is not unlike night scuba dives: floating in three dimensions in a moving and invisible fluid, with no reference. In the air, you can travel hundreds of miles across mountains, oceans, and plains. When there are clouds below you, cities project an orange splendor through […]

My Iditarod Tribe

My Iditarod Tribe

About 20 days into the Iditarod Trail, I was 70 miles up the Yukon River and looking forward to exiting its 120-mile remote stretch. The winds down the river can be strong; combined with low temperatures, wind chill can overwhelm the best intentions and equipment. Sure enough, on the second day the wind rose as […]

Outside the Circle of Light

Outside the Circle of Light

I gathered with my fellow running Boulder Banditos for an evening jog through Teller Farms, on the East side of Boulder. The sky was overcast and slow snowfall graced the air. Open landscape showed sparse snowed trees and fields of white. Lights in the distance gave the scene a poignant reminder of families safe and […]

Here we go again… Iditarod #2

Here we go again… Iditarod #2

My training for the Iditarod Trail has started. I have kept a mild base, running 50 miles a week, including one long-ish run. Now we add weight. A lot of the “race” – possibly hundreds of miles – happen in deep snow and with temperatures hovering in the -40s. Large snow shoes are on, and […]

Mental Game

Mental Game

The mental game actually opens the gates to deeper, often unconscious resources with a lot more capability than the rational mind.

Training for a 1000 miler: mystery and romance

Training for a 1000 miler: mystery and romance

Some of you know this already: all these pictures of sleds and snow are part of a bigger plan. World domination? Maybe later. First, a more modest target: a 1000-mile Alaska traverse, from Anchorage to Nome, starting February 19. Few places speak to the frontier, the edge, as Alaska does, full of romance and mystery. […]

Cold Latitudes – Our Story

Cold Latitudes – Our Story

Cold Latitudes was founded in 2011 to find new ways to help organizations increase their performance. We found our focus in the extreme environment of the Arctic. For Arctic expeditions, margins of safety are thin. Sleds are heavy. Snow is deep. Storms happen. Cold kills. Skill and spirit is all that stands between success and defeat. […]

Creation is where vision and reality meet

Creation is where vision and reality meet

Well before we crossed the Arctic Circle and faced low temperatures and deep snow, there was a vision: a Greenland crossing, on skis; a science agenda; self-supported, with a sled; self-flown, in a tiny airplane. I knew about sleds and skis; I knew a bit about Greenland. But all the scientists I knew were comfortably lodged in […]

Expedition Complete

Expedition Complete

We are back in once piece. We have the data. We have the pictures and the videos. 31 days of adventure put our skills and resilience to the test. We rode whatever good weather we could find to minimize our flight risk. And enjoyed poutine varietals as we crossed Quebec first West to East, then […]

Our little Expedition is on the Daily Camera

Our little Expedition is on the Daily Camera

Science correspondent for the Daily Camera Charlie Brennan nicely captures and frames the approach to our science expedition and the motivations that propel it in Saturday morning’s top story. As we were talking with Charlie, it hit me how much of a Boulder endeavor this is – from ASD Inc. contributing the spectroradiometer, to Boulder […]