Friday, August 29, 2014

This page has moved to

First off, I just want to thank everyone for having helped make this blog what it is.  Secondly, I'd like to ask you to come with me on this next step of our adventure.  While I'm still interested and excited to continue these pages in the future, hopefully with the content I'm already receiving from friends and readers, for now I have to focus my efforts in one place.  So come with me to and help me take the Human-Powered Revolution to the next level!

Saturday, August 23, 2014


I'm super excited to announce the next chapter of Nature of Motion, our new home at!  Although the site is still in it's final stages of development, head on over and have a look, and let me know what you think.  I'm hoping to have a photo gallery up soon, and I'm stoked to have some awesome content headed your way!  Thanks for following along and being part of the evolution of Nature of Motion, I can't even say how excited I am for this next development and all that we've got in store!

If you're asking yourself whats in store for the pages here, well, I don't really yet know, and I kind of have to say... it's up to you.  For now, I'm happy to keep the blog around.  I'm interested in developing it as a place for individuals experimenting and contemplating their mobility, and for that, I'll need your help.  If you're planning your first human powered adventure, or just find yourself thinking a lot about our habits of consumption, waste, and mobility, consider sharing your thoughts here.  In order for us to broaden the conversation and acceptance of a new paradigm of mobility, we need to share our tragedies and triumphs, and I'm encouraging you to do that here.  Let me know what you think, drop me a line, or get in touch with the contact page on the new site, either way, thanks for reading along and being part of this crazy experiment called life!

Cheers to car-free lives, bicycle-powered adventure, and the future of human powered mobility!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Dog Days and Dank Espresso

In an attempt to appeal to a wider audience, get some different perspectives and offer unique stories, we're excited to start featuring pieces written by friends and new authors.  Below is a piece written by our friend and Partner-in-Gnar, Amos.  Although I've written about Amos before, I'm stoked to have his voice join the chorus at Nature of Motion.  If you're interested in submitting a story of your own, consider getting in touch through

Dog Days and Dank Espresso

Amos Swanson

What do you think?

In an attempt to appeal to a wider audience, get some different perspectives and offer unique stories, we're excited to start featuring pieces written by friends and new authors.  If you've got a story, an adventure, or just some philosophical musings, consider sharing them with us here!  We're excited to broaden the conversation, and we're interested in moving beyond the car-free or bicycle powered narrative to include stories and essays questioning our personal concepts of mobility and philosophies of sustainability in general.  We encourage you to leave comments and engage with the authors, and again, consider adding your voice with a story of your own! Use the contact info to get in touch and submit your story.  Thanks!

Friday, August 8, 2014


Waste is a human concept.  Nowhere else in nature can you find systems that incorporate this belief.  Just exactly when and how mankind created this habit is a mystery, although I’m sure Scientist’s would likely link it to the advent of agriculture or some such revolutionary occurrence.  Waste is a subjective idea, proven by the age-old adage “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure”, and it’s a notion that we have learned to merge with our beliefs of worth and value.  Through this amalgamation we have come to create a concept of waste that can mean many things, but always has a negative connotation.  

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Gunsight Peaks - Trip Report

Looking at Dome Peak and Chickamin Glacier from the top of South Gunsight.
Over the week of July 25th to the 31st, Liz and myself climbed two routes and reached as many summits in the Gunsight Range of the Glacier Peak Wilderness area.  We climbed the South Ridge route of the South Peak, as well as the West Face of the Middle Peak.  Our ascents were completely free and followed the existing routes over varied terrain, including, but not limited to: splitter granite, steep glaciers, loose choss, devils club, and hot pavement.  The trip was a great recon and an epic adventure in its own right.  The Gunsights should be high on the list of anyone looking for golden granite in an absurdly alpine setting.  In addition to our meager climbing achievements, the significance of this trip lies, for us, in the fact that we undertook the approach entirely by use of Public Transportation.