Find Me on Medium

Hey friends, you may have noticed the blog has been a little light on content lately. That’s because I’ve been having a flirty summer romance with a different blogging platform.

That other platform is Medium.

Medium is an effort to create an ad-free space where writers and creators and showcase their work WITHOUT having to resort to problematic business models like sponsored content and display ads.

It hasn’t all been roses for Medium, which seems to undergo a major pivot about once a year. Nonetheless, the platform still exists and has a pretty nice distribution infrastructure in place — quality writing does, generally, end up in front of more eyes on Medium than it would elsewhere.

Medium also pays writers — I make significantly more there than I do here.

So I’ve been writing there, seeing what it can do for me. If you check out my Medium profile, you’ll see some new stuff alongside some older pieces that should be familiar to readers of this blog. I’ve always been a better writer than I am a marketer; and Medium seems to do a pretty good job marketing me. For instance, yesterday my article was featured on the front page of their travel section:

You can find that story here:

So if you’re a Medium user, please give me a follow at! It’s important to note that This Is Youth isn’t over – most content will probably be posted to both platforms – but my experiment with Medium has been going good so far, and looks like it will continue. So I’d love your support over there, as well.

As always, thanks for being loyal readers, and hope you’re enjoying your summers. I certainly have been.


The Colonization of Mount Everest

Photo by Kalle Kortelainen on Unsplash

There was a viral photo last week, showing what appeared to be hundreds of people waiting in line on the summit ridge of Mount Everest.

I won’t share that photo here, as I haven’t paid for it. A quick Google search will turn it up if you haven’t seen it yet.

The man that took that photo was Nirmal Purja, a.k.a. Nims. Nims is a Nepalese climber who served in the British Gurkhas, and has been awarded the Member of the British Empire by the Queen of England for his accomplishments in high altitude mountaineering.

You may have seen his picture. But you don’t know Nims’ name.

That’s because Nims is Nepalese.

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Sherpas are the real heroes

Please remember that, as we prepare to start reading stories in the mainstream media about the annual Mount Everest climbing season.

See this video below to understand why none of this sillyness would be possible without them:

It’s just a casual chat between two guys; about a rescue one participated in high on Everest. Interspersed with some AMAZING GoPro footage from Mount Everest. Gives you a true sense of the Himalaya.

But more important than the mountains, are the people. I think you will get that sense, after listening to these guys chat.

Love always to the Nepali people. Namaste.

What’s it like to climb Mount Everest?

It’s April, which means for climbers (and the world’s ultra-wealthy), it’s Everest season!

Throughout April and May, while the hordes descend (or rather ascend) on Everest, there are bound to be an endless number of news stories about successful summits, tragedies, and plenty of puff pieces about the logistics of the whole thing.

Want to learn a bit more authentically about what goes on up there?

You should watch this Joe Rogan podcast with Jeff Evans and Bud Brutsman, two guys who discuss their experiences climbing Mount Everest and managing rescue operations on the mountain in super-fascinating levels of detail. It’s two hours long, but compelling all the way through.

Check it out beyond the jump.

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