Sunset on the Henry Mountains, Utah.
From my canyon expedition section of my NOLS semester.

Sunset on the Henry Mountains, Utah.

From my canyon expedition section of my NOLS semester.

I’ll be posting a few photos from my NOLS semester as a sneak preview of what I’ve been up to the last two months. More will come once I get back to the East coast mid May.

We’re headed back out into the field tomorrow for a 16 day climbing and high angle/rope rescue section. 

I asked my instructor what the chances were of me being able to climb a 5.15c at the end of this section and his response was “zero chance”. Challenge accepted. A bunch of us were drooling over ropes and cams today at the outfitters, can’t wait to climb.

astronomy-to-zoology:

Megetra vittata

…is a species of blister beetle (Meloidae) that is native to the southwest United States (mainly Arizona and New Mexico and neighboring states). Megetra vittata is mainly found in arid areas and like other blister beetles is capable of excreting a noxious chemical if threatened.

Classification

Animalia-Arthropoda-Insecta-Coleoptera-Polyphaga-Tenebrionoidea-Meloidae-Meloinae-Eupomphini-Megetra-M. vittata

Images: ©Frank and Vicky Giannangelo and ©hunterspoon

birdandmoon:

Do you like charts? Do you like nature? Here’s a semi-annual reminder that my online store is bursting with charts, tshirts and other nature-related items that I’m pretty proud of.

If anyone wants to buy me the Bird Sound Mnemonics chart for my birthday, that would be awesome.

fairy-wren:

(via 500px / S T E L Z E N L Ä U F E R by Georg Scharf) Black Winged Stilts
vtdsa:

vabluebell:

Most beautiful place in the world.

Runners of the 2014 3.2 for 32 gather on the Drillfield before heading to the start line on Saturday. Thank you to everyone who ran, NeVer forgeT

vtdsa:

vabluebell:

Most beautiful place in the world.

Runners of the 2014 3.2 for 32 gather on the Drillfield before heading to the start line on Saturday. Thank you to everyone who ran, NeVer forgeT

drewlittle-co:

Love this!

drewlittle-co:

Love this!

studentreader:

Spring grasses in the desert, on the Pacific Crest Trail


After having spent the last 4 weeks in the desert, I’ve come to appreciate the life that exists here.

studentreader:

Spring grasses in the desert, on the Pacific Crest Trail

After having spent the last 4 weeks in the desert, I’ve come to appreciate the life that exists here.

(Source: studentreader.com)

I’m back from my three day river rescue seminar and ten day whitewater canoeing expedition down the Green River through Desolation and Gray Canyons. 84 miles of class II and III rapids. I took a crazy ride down a rapid on day four of the expedition and was fairly banged up but got back in the canoe and kept going. The river only flows one way. We also paddled three rapids by the full moon this morning. The final rapid caused two capsized canoes and my boat was swamped, but my partner and I managed to get to shore.

I learned a lot about navigation, reading river features, paddling techniques, good communication, and river rescue.

In just a few days I’ll head out to my climbing section where I’ll learn rope rescue and climbing skills.