Category: Journeys

  • Grasshopper Geography

    Although I don’t think they would be as dramatic or beautiful as the watersheds and forest maps at grasshopper geography, it would be interesting to have similar maps for trails. I am sure it is a question of when, not if. These maps certainly drive home the tread watershed concept.

  • Edward Burtynsky

    A fellow trail builder shared Edward Burtynsky’s work with me some time ago. It’s hard to forget some of his work, or his documentation of the spoils of other people’s work, and nature, or as he says: Nature transformed through industry is a predominant theme in my work…These images are meant as metaphors to the […]

  • Transcaucasian Trail

    I was asked more than once by my old boss in California if I knew of anyone or was interested in doing trail work myself in Armenia. I think it all began after this trip for him, or maybe beforehand because part of his heritage is Armenian. By the following year he was helping to […]

  • Trail Care- Support$ Trails

    Although I don’t live in southern California anymore, I still donate, or pay for a membership with SDMBA, because I like the people that helped start it, their ethos, and what they have accomplished or hope to accomplish. Also, I wouldn’t be where am without them. Their recent break from IMBA makes me feel like […]

  • 5 Things Jordan Crawford Learned From The Appalachian Trail

    I stumbled upon Jordan’s Instagram, and soon after his website because he settled on “trail-ology” to name them both. After reading some of his posts I can see we certainly relate on some level beyond just a word. His piece “5 Things I Learned From The Appalachian Trail” is great (so are many of his […]

  • Raystown Lake Skills Park

    I was pleased to finally experience the new skills area at Raystown Lake, PA. It’s special for many reasons, not the least of which is that it is the first of it’s kind built on federal land. I feel like mountain biking has already secured a place in our culture as I see it used […]

  • Great Zimbabwe’s Stone Ruins

    While I admire dry stone artistry, walls, fences, borders, and enclosures stir up mixed emotions for me. Walls were not the cause of Manorialism and Enclosures, nor nation-state borders and landlordism, but in my mind they helped spell the end of liberty in the form of dispossession and expropriation via the realization of primitive accumulation. […]

  • From Mine to a Universe of Rocks and…

    Another one for the “bucket list.” What better use for an old coal mine than a whole new universe? This is just what the Duke of Buccleuch and architect Charles Jencks did with an open cast coal mine located within Scotland’s Lowther Hills. read more

  • Anyplace America

    Anyplace-America contacted me about adding a link to Trailism’s mapping resource page. After a little surfing on the Anyplace-America website I decided it might be worth creating a post to say it’s worth checking out. Their trail page is a good start. The PDF topo maps seem to be geo-referenced, but I have not confirmed […]

  • 120 Trails in 18 Days- A Southeastern MTB Epic

    The actual trip included about 122 trails or trail segments on about 23 different trail “systems” in 18 days of riding. It took 22 days in all. The extra 4 days were rain and travel days. All said and done it was about 352 miles of trail, but some of that mileage was dirt and […]