• Discovering Cosmopolitan Lebanon

    Discovering Cosmopolitan Lebanon

    I never expected to travel to Lebanon, but after being dropped off at the Amman Airport by a friend I met at the Bedouin Camp, I decided to buy a same-day ticket from Amman to Beirut, and see what happened. Overall, I was extremely impressed with Lebanon. The country and people were absolutely wonderful, and despite the reputation with war and conflict in the region, I found it peaceful, comfortable, and beautiful. Beirut stood out as a hip, cosmopolitan capital with a distinct French colonial vibe, happening nightlife, vibrant arts and entertainment scene, and thriving international culture. Photos from Lebanon, on Flickr [gallery type="rectangular" link="file" ids="14714,14713,14712,14711,14710,14709,14708,14707,14706,14705,14704,14703,14702,14701,14700,14699,14698,14697,14696,14695,14694,14693,14692,14691,14690,14689,14688,14687,14686,14685,14684,14683,14682,14681,14680,14679,14678,14677,14676,14675,14674,14673,14672,14671,14670,14669,14668,14667,14666,14665,14664,14663,14662,14661,14660,14659,14658,14657,14656"] Read More »
  • Climbing Colorado’s Mt. Massive – 14,429 Feet

    Climbing Colorado’s Mt. Massive – 14,429 Feet

    This past weekend, I traveled with a good group of friends to Leadville, Colorado to camp at the base of and climb Mt. Massive, one of Colorado's 14ers, and the 2nd highest peak in the Rocky Mountains. Driving to Leadville https://www.flickr.com/photos/jamfan2/14367436657/in/set-72157645509741003 Our awesome camping group! https://www.flickr.com/photos/jamfan2/14367434687/in/set-72157645509741003 Fun by the campfire as the sun sets https://www.flickr.com/photos/jamfan2/14367207000/in/set-72157645509741003 View to Elbert, from our campsite at Half Moon Creek https://www.flickr.com/photos/jamfan2/14367200940/in/set-72157645509741003 Campfire https://www.flickr.com/photos/jamfan2/14552977012/in/set-72157645509741003 Starting out in the morning - very early! https://www.flickr.com/photos/jamfan2/14367411257/in/set-72157645509741003 Making progress https://www.flickr.com/photos/jamfan2/14550452291/in/set-72157645509741003 Summit ridge https://www.flickr.com/photos/jamfan2/14553852795/in/set-72157645509741003 Lots of flowers https://www.flickr.com/photos/jamfan2/14367178760/in/set-72157645509741003 Made it to the top! https://www.flickr.com/photos/jamfan2/14367241189/in/set-72157645509741003 Route Description, from 14ers.com: Leave the parking area and begin hiking up the Colorado/Mt. Massive trail - Photo #1. Cross South Willow Creek (Photo #2) after 2 miles and continue another mile before crossing Willow Creek (Photo #3), at 11,000‘. Both of these crossings are fairly easy unless the rocks are submerged or icy. Continue northwest up… Read More »
  • How to plan, train and  pack for your first summit above 14,000 feet

    How to plan, train and pack for your first summit above 14,000 feet

    This month, I was featured in Boulder Lifestyle Magazine discussing some great Colorado 14ers to get you started on your first climb. Thanks to journalist Sandra Henderson for interviewing me for the article. Check out the article, starting on page 34! Read More »
  • Recaping the 2014 New York Travel Festival

    Recaping the 2014 New York Travel Festival

    Just posted, this fun recap video from the recent NY Trav Fest! http://youtu.be/ovYbwkGTtzE Check out my full writeup! >>> Read More »
  • Desert Living in Jordan

    Desert Living in Jordan

    After a brief 10 days of guiding in Israel, I joined up with two new friends to trek from Israel into Jordan. https://www.flickr.com/photos/jamfan2/sets/72157645388378943/show/ I felt like traveling to Jordan, as well as other Arab nations, was a very important bit of travel to do after touring Israel. With such a heated political situation between many different groups in the area, everybody has their own opinion on what's going on, who's wrong and right, and what should be done. I was eager to experience more of the Arab view of the conflict in Israel, as well as experience the culture and country in general. Luckily for me, two of the participants I had been guiding the previous 10 days on Birthright decided to come along with me for the first few days of my trip. Starting out, we had a basic plan, but left most of our specific itinerary to chance… Read More »
  • Trekking Across Israel as Staff for Israel Outdoors

    Trekking Across Israel as Staff for Israel Outdoors

    Over the past two weeks, I had the opportunity to work as a staff guide for Israel Outdoors during the Israel By Bike cultural trek, part of Taglit Birthright Israel. Years ago, I actually participated as a guest in this exact same trip, and it was an exciting honor to now have the opportunity to lead it. Israel Outdoors calls this itinerary “Israel By Bike“, but it’s a lot more than just that. Overall, staffing this trip was an incredible experience. I had two co-leaders, and a group of about 40 participants 18-22 years old. The group was great, and I sincerely enjoyed meeting everybody, and the opportunity to contribute my enthusiasm and views on the region as we traveled through the entire country.  During the trip, I took about 1400 photos, and edited down to a small set. View the full set on Flickr, as well as on my Instagram feed. I… Read More »
  • Here’s How YOU Can Support Net Neutrality

    Here’s How YOU Can Support Net Neutrality

    Please support Net Neutrality, and help protect an open and equal internet. Here's a few ways to help: File a comment directly with the FCC. Here's how, lifted directly via Gizmodo. Visit FCC.gov/comments and find the proceeding with the title "Protecting and Promoting the Open Internet." It should be the one on top and should also have over 20,000 filings in the last 30 days. Click the proceeding number "14-28." You can also try to click this direct link, though it might not work every time. This will take you to the FCC's Electronic Comment Filing System. It looks a little janky, but hey, the government built it. Fill out the form. Write about your feelings. Express your concerns. Air your grievances. Provide your real name and address. Hope for the best. Click "Continue" and make sure you like what you wrote. If you don't you can modify your comment. If you do, click… Read More »
  • Johnny Express

    Johnny Express

    Cute video, from Alfred Imageworks. It's 2150 There are all sorts of Aliens living throughout space. Johnny is a Space Delivery Man who travels to different planets to deliver packages. Johnny is lazy and his only desire is to sleep in his autopilot spaceship. when the spaceship arrives at the destination, all he has to do is simply deliver the box. However, it never goes as planned. Johnny encounters strange and bizarre planets and always seems to cause trouble on his delivery route. Will he be able to finish his mission without trouble? (Watch on Vimeo) Read More »
  • Next Week I’ll Be Guiding An Adventure Across Israel

    Next Week I’ll Be Guiding An Adventure Across Israel

    Coming up starting on May 19th, 2014 I'll be guiding a ten day adventure across Israel with Birthright Israel and Israel Outdoors. During the trip, I'll be working with two other expert staff members - Allison Bell and Asher Drimmer, traveling with a group of 40 guests. Years ago, I actually participated as a guest in this exact same trip, and it's an exciting honor to now have the opportunity to lead it. Israel Outdoors calls this itinerary "Israel By Bike", but it's a lot more than just that. We'll be biking, hiking, swimming, sightseeing, and relaxing all throughout Israel, experience as much as the country has to offer. In addition to the many activities and locations we'll be discovering, we'll also be developing our own personal relationships with both the land and the people of Israel. During our trip, we'll be joined by a few members of the Israeli… Read More »
  • Interviewing With NY1 News About Mountaineering Off The Beaten Track in Serbia

    Interviewing With NY1 News About Mountaineering Off The Beaten Track in Serbia

    While appearing recently at the NY Travel Festival, I was interviewed with Travel Expert Valarie D'Elia. Val reports on travel and tourism for NY1 News in New York City as well as her own site, Travel With Val. I spoke with Val about the allure of expedition-style travel to emerging destinations far off the beaten path. Video, as well as article excerpt. "Festival Promotes Emerging Destinations in the Tourism Game" (Video on YouTube) (Direct link to locally hosted video) Promoting an emerging destination can be a tough sell, but up-and-coming tourism promoters learned winning strategies at this year's New York Travel Festival. NY1's Valarie D'Elia filed the following report. Travel shows usually exhibit their fair share of tried-and-true destinations. At the New York Travel Festival, an up-and-comer on the consumer circuit, a couple of places that might be considered a tough sell were trying to get a foothold in the… Read More »
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