Welcome to Explor8ion!


Hey folks - welcome to my tiny little corner of the internet. Explor8ion.com is an online personal journal of my hiking, backpacking, climbing, skiing, snowshoeing, camping, biking and canoeing activities. Every once in a while I go off on some tangent or another just to keep things interesting.


Many people wonder about the name - why such a weird one, especially the convoluted spelling? Since the domain, exploration.com was obviously not available to me, I had to get creative with something similar, but different. Since I like to think of life as one long exploration - both in a physical and spiritual sense, I settled on that theme. The "8" is an infinity symbol turned vertical and the tagline for explor8ion.com is, a slice of infinity - a reference to the fact that this site only captures one tiny, insignificant time-slice from one person's point of view. I am but a slice of infinity, as are my trips, my photos, my stories and my experiences. Our lives are nothing more than an impossibly thin slice of infinity, and I believe that remembering and living this reality is key to living a fulfilling and contented life. What we do doesn't really matter in the grand scheme of things - especially what we do for our own pleasure.


My trip reports are pretty standard with basic stats, stories and photos to accompany my journaling. Older trip reports will have to be fixed up because the JavaScript I used from 1999-2003 doesn't work anymore with the new site tech. Thankfully I didn't go out very much back then so I should be able to eventually fix up those reports. I apologize for the ads, I had to do something when the site was costing my over $200 per year just to have it hosted. Because I have so many photos and get so many hits each month, I can't use a free or cheap hosting solution anymore. The ads don't make me more than what the site costs, but at least I break even now.


I've tried making explor8ion.com simple to navigate and explore - unlike many parts of my beloved Rockies! Tags are the most useful thing on the site. All content has tags and the tags are clickable. If you see a tag for "Highwood Pass" on a TR, simply click the tag to get all my "Highwood Pass" area content including blogs, articles, photos and trip reports. I've also tried to make the two summary report pages a bit more useful. The summit log is simple - a list in reverse chronological order of all my summits. The trips log can be sorted by different criteria and I'm going to add some more to it over time (i.e. it would be nice to show only peaks over a certain height or only peaks with certain tags etc).


I have also done up some articles, mostly around photography related subjects, that are meant to help readers with their own photography or explorations. You can find my articles here and my photography blogs here. I have also started some summary view pages for different areas of interest as follows;



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Finally, please note that explor8ion.com is my personal journal - there is nothing on here that you should necessarily agree with or follow or even like. It's part of my personal life journey and exists as much for me to remember my many trips as for you to gain inspiration from them. A trend I noticed in many of my older climbing acquaintances was that they started forgetting the minutia of their many previous adventures as they aged and their trips accumulated. The thought of all the investments of time and money that I've put into my trips being wasted when I could no longer recall them was very depressing - leading me to create my first site at fresh-oxygen.com which I changed over to explor8ion.com for reasons outlined above.


. As always - be safe and see you sometime in the hills or on the water.