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This past Friday I spoke at

1/25/10 — This past Friday I spoke at Riverview Elementary School in Lebanon, Oregon. Great kids and teachers. Thanks for the invitation, Kirk Phillips!

Saturday morning Debbie and I got up early and drove into the Cascades, where we met our good friends Gary and Sally and snowshoed into a remote cabin. The snow pack is shallow, what with El Nino flexing its muscles. But we still had a great time. Below is the cabin, built in the 1920, cozy and rustic. Perfect!

Here is the view from the living room, out onto Fish Lake.

I hauled the edited version of STORM MOUNTAIN in my pack, and had a great time discussing mountaineering details from the book with Gary, who has lots of experience on peaks. I also took the manuscript outside and waved it in the breeze. Who knows, maybe that will add a bit more mountain flavor to the story.