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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...
Paul McHugh Comments Call it creative mountaineering. When the Reverend Douglas Smith decided to live as a hermit atop Mt. Shasta to protest the war in Vietnam, it was a stroke that simultaneously brought him closer to fulfillment of his ideals, and much, much higher...
Paul McHugh comments: The meaning of Christmas gets reduced to basics on the locked mental health ward of a veteran's hospital. A day spent there during the holiday season a number of years back still resonates. Sometimes, the rather unhinged don't seem all that much...
Reviews August 11, 2010: SF Public Press, Leslie Guevarra Book Review: Journalist spins riveting tale of murder and intrigue along the California coast. August 6, 2010: The Monterey Herald Paul McHugh will present his writing workshop "The Art of the Short Memoir" at...
“DEADLINES” and Dan Rather October 8, 2009 “Every reporter worth his or her notepad is a sleuth at heart. Paul McHugh brings this truth to life with crackling suspense and a true, ink-stained veteran’s eye for the newsroom.” Click to read how Paul McHugh won an...
Aidan's beat-up kayak rode low in the water. He still kept trying to bail it out with that plastic cup he kept stuffed under his kayak's spraydeck. But the boat’s lumpy patches and cracked seams, tweaked open by all the combined torque of two hours spent riding big...
Navy Seal Series
Stories on training, background, and history.
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North Coast Kayaking Series
A 400-mile, sea kayak voyage along California’s shore. A remarkable sequence of stories published in the San Francisco Chronicle and on S.F. Gate
Let’s stipulate that predicting weather on the North Coast during autumn can be a thankless task, even for highly trained meteorologists.
A mesa pokes out from the west side of the Coast Range like an end table shoved up against the rumpled heap of all those steep coastal ridges.
Heard enough stuff about nasty wind and thundering surf? We certainly had heard about – as well as endured – a bit much of those forces, ourselves. Then, good ol’ Mom Nature pitched us a change-up.
California boasts far more than one Lost Coast.
Navigation does not deal in absolutes. It always must include some accommodation, a bit of adjustment.
Like a DUI driver jugged in the tank, we always appreciate getting some small chance to dry out.