Hunter S. Thompson funeral

Hunter shooting a typewriterI read all his books & rank him as one of the most original writers of all time.

Come back with a warrant., read the doormat at the entrance to Gonzo writer Hunter S. Thompson’s farm near Apsen, Colorado.

On August 20th, 2005 Thompson’s ashes were blasted from a giant cannon as he had requested. The nut had committed messy suicide, emulating Hemmingway, an author he admired. He waited until after the Superbowl, football being his favourite sport, before dispatching himself.

The Woody Creek Tavern, where Thompson often had sat beneath the shaggy head of a stuffed buffalo, did good business that day.

Thompson’s longtime sidekick Johnny Depp underwrote the $2.5 million celebration. Among those paying tribute were Bill Murray, Rob Reiner, Rolling Stone’s Jann Wenner & Thompson’s artist-collaborator, Ralph Steadman.

The writer’s wretched persona embodied a manic, macho, paranoid, inflamed sense of outrage at the failings of his age.

He was insane. But I will miss him, one of the great characters of the last century.


photos – hiking the West Coast Trail

houseI am a world expert in this, one of the best hikes in the universe. But it was blunder after blunder when I guided Rocco & Brian …

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travelogue – Yosemite, California

Many rank Yosemite valley in Yosemite National Park the best single rock climbing destination in the world.

I first learned of Yosemite from Dennis the Menace comics. But tales of the infamous Camp 4 climbers bivouac put it on my to-do-before-I-die list …

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half dome in Yosemite

travelogue – I stink, therefore I am – Peru

After 15 years tramping, friends are still surprised I’m nuts about hiking. How can Rick be happy separated from hot showers & convenient internet? …

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