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Archives: First Ascent of Mount Trashmore

Mt. Trashmore reverses that ancient poet’s line. Here, mice labored to give birth to a mountain. That was among my last lucid perceptions as I struggled upward through a methane miasma. Up here, at elevations above 100 feet, consciousness itself became mighty...

Archives: The Plane That Won The War

Four roaring engines on the bomber's silver wings vibrated the air above the tarmac, and the B-17 began to glide forward. Behind the plane's Plexiglas nose dome, a tall man sat straight and proud in the bombardier's chair. This was Colonel John C. "Red" Morgan,...

Archives: Other Northern California Lighthouses

Follows the Course of Maritime History September 16, 2012 By Paul McHugh Conquistador and explorer Juan Cabrillo sailed right by the narrow entry to San Francisco Bay without noticing it in 1542. For two additional centuries, other adventurous sea captains like Sir...

Archives: Foraging

Paul McHugh comments: I never met the fabled Hal Silverman in person. He was editor of “California Living”— one of three (count ‘em, three!) magazines that ran in the Sunday edition of the combined San Francisco Chronicle and San Francisco Examiner in the late 1970s....

Archives: DeeJays

Paul McHugh comments: I’ll always feel grateful to the poets, musicians, actors, singers, potters, painters and other creative types that made Mendocino a counter-cultural mecca during the period I lived there, 1976-1983. One queen of alternate style in town was Liz...

Archives: Outdoor Business

Paul McHugh comments: Nature has always been our teacher. This story, from 1985, reveals how outdoor adventurers Royal Robbins, Yvon Chouinard and others extracted lessons from their exploits in the wild that helped them achieve success in other realms. These visceral...