Adventures in automization

Weed has been legal in oregon for just over six months. While there are a lot of awesome things happening with me and cannabis, there was one thing that really bothered me about the process. Smoking cannabis with a lighter produces carcinogens similar to those in ciggarettes. While I have been consistently a daily smoker for a few year the idea of these carcinogens in my body completely scares the shit out of me. Now is butane inhalation worth the medicinal/mental effects that cannabis gives me. Clearly my answer is yes because I am still smoking with one. I have thought about quitting, I have thought about switching to a hemp wick, I have even thought of just smoking joints so that I’m not sparking a lighter everytime I wanna medicate.

So what does a crafty guy like me do? I build my own cannabis automizer out of bamboo, a rechargeable 9v battery, nickel plated wire and an actuator button. The process of automizing cannabis is not only safer but with the low heat produced you will actually receive more of the cannabanoids that relieve pain, according to local rasta folklore, cbd disappears at temperatures of a lighter. (Input needed)


The above is my bamboo specimen. The larger end will be the base while the skinny smaller one will be the mouthpiece intake. It will be removable to where you can pull it off load your dried herbs stick it back on and be merry.

2016 where the adventure is headed

It’s been a few years since I have been on a really wild, crazy, and just plain nuts feats in the outdoor world. From hiking the then unpopular pacific crest to road cycling just about anywhere in the state, I have been known to do some random stuff.

So what does this year stand for?

2016 the year of the self discovery, potentials, goals, and general broad growth in all aspects of my life.

Self discovery- figuring out the exact career, financial, and social needs. To get any of the below done I REALIZED that I have to know what I want.

Potentials- do you think you are living at your fullest potential? Are you doing everything in your power everyday to the fullest 100% extent? We all strive for that but do we actually reach our potential? I vote negatory on that one. I know I dont, I know if I can hike the entire pct I can accomplish anything.

Goals- A local school councilor with a master’s in psychology was asked about goals, and with many proclamations they suggested short term goals as well as long term goals. One cannot have growth without goals to accomplish, without a goal we wonder aimlessly in a lost direction. Until recently I have has this feeling of lost. So I set some goals.

Main goal of 2016: Photography! Both in the digital format and also in the way of printing and hanging my art in as many places as I can possibly come up with.

Broad growth- I don’t know about you but I’m a curious mofo, for me I wanna build everything I can myself. I want to learn to make my own everything, it could be classified as homesteading. 2016 I wanna learn as much as I can but in a broad range of fields to help me become a better person.

I have no idea what got into me recently but it’s a burning fire that is going to erupt into something absolutely beautiful. So this year I challenge you to challenge yourself like I am challenging myself.

Alpine Saturday

A cold and blustery day on the mountain Saturday, all a training hike for the next spring. A high of 30 and a low of what seems like death temps, Jackson and I decided to hike up whetstone mountain in the Opal Creek Wilderness. Neither of us having been UP this trail before, we ventured out at approximately 2 in the afternoon armed with nothing more than 2 liters of water in my camelback and a bag of trail mix, whetstone mountain and I were about to battle it out.

After and hour of what seemed like you were just walking through a wooded uphill treadmill we decided to call it a hike. Not having seen a good view and no real peaks, we chalked it up to a good walk in the woods. A training hike. A good lesson. Like 650 fill down jackets no matter if it is 30° out still keep you plenty warm while walking. I also tested out the Solomon gtx mids for the first time yesterday and will be doing a review shortly for those as well as my 650 Uniqlo down jacket.Keep on the lookout for those.