People are realizing that somewhere between school and retirement there’s an event called life, and many don’t want to miss it. It may be America’s most desired commodity, and to find it, more and more people are jumping off the runaway train, at least temporarily. They’re taking off in search of a world beyond spreadsheets and mortgages, away from the crush of the masses and the stink of the cities, where they can discover just how far imagination can carry them. According to a recent Roper poll, the majority of people now view leisure as more important than work. Yes, time is money, but the real payoff comes from elsewhere – taking on new challenges, growth, and adventures – a time to step back, refresh, renew, look at your life and see if where you’re headed still makes sense. Get out there, probe it, push it, see what you’ve been missing….
My adventures include technical rock climbing or mountaineering in some unique and adventurous places. Two areas of my special interest are covered throughout the site in fairly comprehensive depth with climbing as the main subject.
The CAYMAN ISLANDS (Cayman Brac) also get extensive attention.
Other Caribbean locations (SABA, CUBA, MONA ISLAND), as well as MEXICO (the mexican volcanos), EUROPE (Mt. Blanc, the Alps and the Eiger), EAST AFRICA (Kilimanjaro and Mt. Kenya), NEPAL, MALLORCA and other areas are visited to one degree or another.
From the Land of the Earthborn Spirit. IN MEMORIAM: Craig Luebben, 1960 – 2009 "If you put limits on everything you do, it will spread into your work and your life. There are no limits, only plateaus. You must not stay there, you must go beyond them." (Paraphrased...read more
CUBA Luebben 200' off the deck near El Palanque Caverns I first went to Cuba in the summer of '97 in search of rock climbing potential. I was climbing in the Caribbean, fairly close to the country at the time, and an 'opportunity' to go there presented itself - I...read more
PUERTO RICO In the summer of ’96, several friends (Craig Luebben, Tom Kelly, Leslie Barber and George Bracksieck) and I took a journey to explore virgin climbing on Mona Island, an isolated 5 x 7 mile limestone plug rising abruptly out of the northern Caribbean Sea...read more
KILIMANJARO In the climbing community, this part of EAST AFRICA is known for two big peaks, Kilimanjaro and Mt. Kenya. Kilimanjaro is the highest point on the African Continent, rising some 19,350 feet ‘off the deck’. When done by the standard routes such...read more
MT. KENYA The ancient Greeks wrote of the existence of peaks on the Equator capped with snow, although it was still an open question. Ptolemy stated that the Nile had its source in two great lakes supplied with water from the ‘Mountains of the Moon’. Aristotle called...read more
NEPAL I was jarred awake by a huge explosion followed by the deafening roar of a full force hurricane that terrified me – or was it just a nightmare? I poked my head out of our tent only to get bitten by a blast of very cold air. An avalanche had calved off...read more
YUCATAN Diving (scuba) the eastern Yucatan Coast from Cancun to Tulum offers some great adventures. Seeing the oddities along this stretch of the world is also interesting (here’s a two headed turtle at Xel-Ha). But… exploring the Cenotes, the fresh water...read more
The South Seas One year we wandered around the south seas for two months, a completely unforgettable experience. Here’s some ‘thumbnails’ of that excursion, more later. Truk Lagoon, Micronesia On December 7th, 1941, 353 planes took off from the flight decks of 6...read more
EUROPE CHAMONIX AND MT. BLANC Mt. Blanc, SE Face. Chamonix, France has long been famous for some of the best skiing in Europe, as well as for being a mecca for alpine mountaineers. It is the European playground for almost all types of outdoor extreme sports like...read more
SABA Saba is one of several islands making up the island ‘country’ of the Netherlands Antilles. It is roughly 20 miles south of St. Maarten, which is about 175 miles east of Puerto Rico. It is a unique 5 square mile island of volcanic origin and therefore rises...read more
THE MEXICAN VOLCANOS ORIZABA Pico de Orizaba (Mountain of the Star) is the highest peak in Mexico at 18,409′, and it’s the third highest mountain on the North American Continent, following Mt. McKinley (Denali) and Mt. Logan. It’s one of three big volcanos within...read more
MALLORCA * * SITUATED OFF THE EAST COAST OF SPAIN LIES A CLIMBING ADVENTURELAND * * Largest of the Balearic Island group, Mallorca’s geological relief is both surprising and exciting. Mostly limestone, it ranges from sea cliffs and caves to deep canyons, walls...read more
EGYPT AA white-faced ‘camel jockey’ with beautiful American ‘lady’. The minute you enter this intoxicating realm, you are transported backward in history by thousands of years. Cairo and Alexandria aside, things exist today little changed from the times of the...read more