DOG DAYS IN HAVASU CANYON, for the San Diego Reader

As I started up the ladder I looked at her sitting on her haunches, impassive, and for the first time it occurred to me that she shouldn’t be there at all, separated from every other dog in the canyon by slick ladders that people climbed only with the aid of chains bolted to the wall.

 

SPEAKING OF BICHOS, for the American Translators Association-Spanish Language Division, Intercambios

According to the Oxford Spanish Dictionary, a bicho is first and foremost an “insect,” “bug,” or “creepy-crawly,” which was my general understanding of the term during my first eight months in Argentina. 

 

CLIMBER PROFILE: JIM THORNBURG, for SAANO Adventures

Photographer Jim Thornburg has climbed rocks with some of the greats, but it should also be said that those climbers have had their pictures taken by one of the great lensmen to specialize in rock climbing photography.

 

LIVE REVIEW: JONATHAN RICHMAN AT THE BELLY UP, JUNE 16, 2015, for Owl and Bear

At 23 bucks a ticket, Jonathan Richman isn’t exactly gouging fans to come see him. Maybe that’s not necessarily his call, but a quick look at his 2015 tour dates shows that, from San Diego to Pittsburgh, he’s playing small, interesting venues. For a rock legend, this is a subtle approach. It’s so common to see bands shilling revival material for “I have to see them before they die!” prices that it’s refreshing any time an artist bucks the trend.

 

WEST CLEAR CREEK: ONE OF ARIZONA'S FINEST CANYONS, for Trek Southwest

To know Arizona well, a person needs to be familiar with the Mogollon Rim (pronounced “MO-ghee-on”) region of the state, stretching from the northwest corner of Yavapai County, halfway between Prescott and Kingman, to the New Mexico border. It makes up the bulk of the Arizona transition zone, bridging the Colorado Plateau, in the northeastern part of the state, and the Basin and Range region in the south. It is also home to some of Arizona’s most pristine and isolated beauty: the numerous canyons that wind their way through the Mogollon Rim are one of the state’s best kept secrets.

 

ROYAL ROBBINS: THE MAN BEHIND THE ALLEN GINSBERG GLASSES, for SAANO Adventures

For those who thought Royal Robbins was a line of vaguely dad-ish clothes sold mostly at REI, it’s high time you met the man behind the name. One of the preeminent founders of rock climbing in the US (as well as his own clothing line), Royal Robbins set a new standard for innovation and achievement in the sport's post-World War II era.

 

SEA CHANGE AT SEAWORLD, for SAANO Adventures

This past week SeaWorld San Diego got some bad news: the California Coastal Commission, which oversees construction projects on the state’s coast, moved to ban the breeding of captive whales. The decision could force the park to make some profound changes.

 

GHOST IN THE RIVER: IS THE YANGTZE RIVER DOLPHIN EXTINCT?, for TheSuperFins.com

Compared to its chipper, bottlenose cousins, the baiji, or Yangtze River dolphin, was not one to pose for the camera. Its recent notoriety is due to its distinction as either the most endangered cetacean in the world, or the first large mammal to become extinct in more than 50 years. The few images captured of this shy river-dweller swimming through the murky Yangtze are ghostlike.