Middle Palisade, Sierra Nevada
A climbing mishap on the North Palisade glacier thirty years ago contributed to this story. It turns out the crawling headfirst into a crevasse, even in pursuit of expensive sunglasses, is a bad idea. The actual adventure ended in laughs all around, but possible consequences have haunted me ever since. I’ve elaborated on them in Moroni.
One of the joys of alpine climbing is to come upon penstemon blossoms in places where such delicate beauty is improbable – a thousand feet above a scree field in a vertical crack filled with ice for half the year. Life’s persistence is an affirmation inspiring both humility and joy. I thank editor Laura Stone for including my poem in The Tiny Seed Literary Journal. https://tinyseedjournal.com/2020/07/14/penstemon-honey/
“Tryst” began as sketches for a fairly tedious novel. After residing among ancient computer files for fifteen years or so, I got it out, trimmed away most of it and refashioned what was left into a ghostly climbing tale. It won a prize and publication. Please let me know what you think!
Here’s the link: http://www.theghoststory.com/tryst
Editor Richard Loller generously added this Yosemite reminiscence to his Preservation Foundation site. When you take teenagers to mountains where bears reside, they will inevitably meet. Here’s the link:
My very first Bogerd story – The Ogre’s Secret – found a home in Broadswords and Blasters, issue 6. Friend and raconteur Ed McKean gave me an idea for this one long ago. John Miller and I worked together a few years back on teaching materials intended to drop students into a Minecraft world of vikings and castles. That project inspired me to look at this story again and get it up to speed. It’s a romp and nothing more, but I hope you’ll enjoy it!