Kurt Bell

A life of courage, joy and independence.

Embarking at night – Going Alone

Embarking alone into the wild is always hard, and I usually fret and worry about things right up to the moment I hoist the backpack onto my shoulders and set … Continue reading

January 11, 2018 · Leave a comment

Moment of panic alone in the wild – Going Alone

Sometimes when I’m alone, and very far into wilderness, I look back and realize suddenly that I’ve been swallowed by the empty. It’s the understanding that there’s as much wildness … Continue reading

December 19, 2017 · Leave a comment

The swim into deep water – Going Alone

06-28-16 10:31 AM I’m going to buy an old fashioned mercury thermometers to use in tracking my body temp during summertime desert hikes, and keep myself away from the dreaded … Continue reading

July 4, 2016 · Leave a comment

A Japanese story swallowed by the forest

One day five or so years back I was exploring an abandoned trail in the deep mountains near the Japan Southern Alps. It was the height of summer and the … Continue reading

February 3, 2016 · 3 Comments

The wildness inside – softypapa adventures

My time in Japan was attended by frequent adventure alone into some of the most beautiful and exotic landscapes in Asia. Places people simply don’t go as well as places … Continue reading

January 16, 2015 · Leave a comment

Hiking through time

While walking through yesterday’s landscape I enjoyed the mental exercise of dialing time back through various ages in an effort to envision how the world around me may have looked … Continue reading

January 11, 2015 · Leave a comment

Hiking with Parker – softypapa adventures

My name is Kurt Bell and I am delighted that you have taken some time to share a little of the experience of life with me. I’m available on social … Continue reading

March 4, 2014 · 1 Comment

Shinto speculation 神道について考える – Walking in Japan 日本でのウォーキング

Shinto is one of the two major religions of Japan (the other is Buddhism).  Shinto is often considered to be the native religion of Japan, and is as old as … Continue reading

January 27, 2014 · Leave a comment

Forgotten farm road 忘れられた農道 – Abandoned Japan 日本の廃墟

My name is Kurt Bell and I am delighted that you have taken some time to share a little of the experience of life with me. I’m available on social … Continue reading

January 23, 2014 · Leave a comment

Leech bite 蛭かま Real Japan Monsters 日本のモンスター

Japanese Mountain Leeches may sometimes be encountered during warm months when hiking through wet locations in the mountains of central Japan. Blood-sucking leeches are attracted to warm bodies which they detect and hone-in on like heat-seeking missiles.

January 2, 2014 · Leave a comment
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