Writing

Check out my blog for my most recent writing.

I write so that I can understand. I find that confusion can sneak in if I just read or only think about a concept. Forcing myself to write down my thoughts exposes weak areas in my thinking.

The second reason to write is to pass on what I’ve learned. I owe a lot to generous experts that have shared their knowledge and expertise. I’d like to pay it forward.

The two areas that I currently write about are endurance training and value investing. At first glance, the two subjects seem disparate. However, the two have a lot of common ground:

  • Compound interest is the eighth wonder of the world: Building on previous gains is an incredibly powerful force;
  • The long game is the key to success. Gains made over the long-term are more stable and persistent than quick fixes;
  • Natural principles govern progress. And anyone that has a shortcut is selling something;
  • The lottery mentality is a tempting dead-end, despite what popular magazines’ top-10 lists would have you think;
  • The devil is in (skipping) the details. The aggregation of marginal gains pays big dividends;
  • The most effective methods are demanding and unpopular;
  • Cognitive biases account for most of the big mistakes;
  • Fear and greed are your friends…if you invert what they tell you: “Be fearful when others are greedy and greedy when others are fearful.”
  • It’s not the ingredients, but the cooking that’s important. The keys to long-term gains are well-known; secret ingredients don’t exist. The big differences come from how the ingredients are combined.

Publications

When I was climbing a lot, I wrote:

  • Editorials for Alpinist, Climbing Magazine, Rock & Ice, and Gripped;
  • Articles and trip reports for the American Alpine Journal and the Canadian Alpine Journal; and
  • Catalogue and website copy for Black Diamond Equipment.

More recently, I’m a contributor at Uphill Athlete and a moderator in the Uphill Athlete forum.