Matthew Sluiter

Apr 28, 2018

Immortality

"Give a month at least to this precious reserve. The time will not be taken from the sum of your life. Instead of shortening, it will indefinitely lengthen it and make you truly immortal." — John Muir

Immortality
Apr 28, 2018

Immortality

Immortality

"Give a month at least to this precious reserve. The time will not be taken from the sum of your life. Instead of shortening, it will indefinitely lengthen it and make you truly immortal." — John Muir

Apr 7, 2018

This is not a Game

This is not a Game

When June arrives, I will begin walking south, starting in Maine, intent on finishing in Georgia — or put another way, ME to GA. MEGA is the term. If you go Northbound, it is sometimes shortened to GAME.

Jan 13, 2018

What is Old is New... Again

What is Old is New... Again

What the fudge am I doing?! There were little moments of panic that would randomly occur during what was a normal work day. My heart would drop in my chest when someone, something,

Jan 4, 2018

The Story of My People: Part 10: Joe Dirt

The Story of My People: Part 10: Joe Dirt

Scene One Setting: Hat Creek Rim Scenic Overlook Cast: Fluffy, Lt. Dan, Joe Dirt, Peanut, Monster We find our protagonists in the middle of an argument concerning the geologial forces surrounding the formation

Dec 30, 2017

Injinji Toe Socks

Injinji Toe Socks

For some hikers, a pair of white cotton socks matched with a pair of Champion running shoes is the perfect combination for hiking 30 mile days in the desert. Someone else might prefer

Dec 27, 2017

The Story of My People: Part 9: A-Game

The Story of My People: Part 9: A-Game

"What's your name again? Fuzzy expletive? Furry another-expletive? Floppy yet-another-expletive?" asks A-Game. "Ugh! It's Fluffy!" I respond, disgusted at having to constantly correct A-Game and Valley Girl. They're both

Dec 22, 2017

The Story of My People: Part 8: Valley Girl

The Story of My People: Part 8: Valley Girl

Valley. Girl. A girl from The Valley, am-I-right? That's like totally gotta be it. Like, fer sure. Um... like, not even. Valley Girl is an up-talking, not-from-the-valley-or-even-from-California guy. A man's man—who wears

Dec 17, 2017

The Story of My People: Part 7: Monster

The Story of My People: Part 7: Monster

That night, he showed us pictures and videos of the Sierra from his iPhone. He told us stories about death defying creek crossings, digging down through the snow to find shelter, and how he was probably the first person to walk into — and out of — the Sierra in 2017. Amazing

Dec 16, 2017

Enlightened Equipment Revelation 20

Enlightened Equipment Revelation 20

I used to be a sleeping bag afficianado, of sorts. At one time, I owned four sleeping bags. Currently, I own one quilt and two sleeping bags—two sleeping bags that I never use. As far as the debate on quilts vs sleeping bags goes, I'm all in on the side of quilts