A barefoot climb of Mt. St. Helens
September 16, 2013, 12:46 pm by bottleman. Filed under: explosions, fall, fitness, love those goofy b*st*rds, photography, summer, trails.

climbing Monitor Ridge barefoot

Barefoot hiking has never caused the kind of controversy and acrimony that barefoot running has. Perhaps it’s because hiking doesn’t come so overloaded with notions about proper form and “performance.” People generally go hiking for recreation and sightseeing — any exercise or positive health effects hikers get are side benefits. Most runners participate in races of some kind, but hiking is less competitive — unless you get two diehard “peak baggers” on the same trail. (Count me out, man, I’d rather stop and smell the flowers.)

So barefoot hiking should be a lot like barefoot trail running — not so much about performance as about the experience. I thought I’d give it a try when my friend Ron Krull invited me to climb Mt. St. Helens late in the summer. The photos are by him unless otherwise noted. And a special note: FWIW here barefoot means actually barefoot.  There is nothing wrong with minimal shoes — or any shoes you want — but, dude, it’s not the same thing.

I’ve done Mt. St. Helens before, so I knew what I was getting into. …more

The Real Oregon
September 4, 2009, 8:18 pm by bottleman. Filed under: photography.

Photo by egazelle of a volunteer at the recent Hood To Coast event.  You’ve got a lot that’s good about Oregon in this picture: someone who is not being paid, and yet is completely at ease standing in a burned over clearcut, in the mist, by a cone, with a backpack and a bullhorn — which they are not afraid to use.  :)

Suck it in
November 17, 2008, 10:12 pm by bottleman. Filed under: love those goofy b*st*rds, photography, shout-outs.

Photo (and title) by Jess Dolan.

So many possibilities behind this fence
February 29, 2008, 4:10 pm by bottleman. Filed under: photography, thank-you's.

photo by malingering, used under creative commons, see http://flickr.com/photos/malingering/2280551423/

Thanks for being you, Malingering.

I love those goofy b*st*rds: HUMANS!!
November 5, 2006, 4:04 am by bottleman. Filed under: love those goofy b*st*rds, photography.

In environmental circles, people tend to get a bad rap. And by “people,” I don’t just mean Republicans. I mean everybody. Homo sapiens. Us!

photo by flickr user mwlguide, licensed under creative commons. see http://www.flickr.com/photos/mwlguide/130450544/

Lovable, damnable, hapless us. That train wreck of a species that shows up at your door and you don’t know what to do with. They look so sorry standing there in the rain, but you know if you let them inside before long your TV will be gone and your drawers rifled.

Won’t somebody come to our defense? Sing our song? Love the sinner, hate the sin?

Today I’m gonna try, with some help from the vast pool of artists at Flickr. …more