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Second Aid: Lessons Learned From Past Adventures November 2, 2016 - All too often I’ll run into another hiker and the following conversation ensues: “How many nights are you staying out?” “None… I hope. We’re on a day hike.” “Then why are you carrying so large a pack?” Allow me to unpack my answer… an answer that addresses situations well beyond wilderness travel. An answer that [...]
Company Day Hike To Mt. Pilchuck Led To Team-Affirming Helicopter Rescue September 12, 2016 - Sunday, September 4th, 2016.  Hikers from our company: Rick Dubrow, Cindi Landreth, Cathie Bertola, Shawn Serdahl, Justus Peterson. Injuries usually happen upon descent.  So it was on Sunday, 9/4/16 at the 4,420 foot level of Mt. Pilchuck.  Five of us, all co-workers at A-1 Builders and Adaptations Design Studio, on a company dayhike, heard someone screaming [...]
Justus Peterson’s Journey Towards ‘Greener Pastures’: a Mid-Course Correction June 29, 2016 - On January 15th, 2016 I went back to work for A-1 Builders after an interim period of 10 years of lucrative employment in the oil industry. I turned my back on the oil industry for a number of reasons, but ultimately it was for my health, both physical and mental. But my journey goes deeper [...]
Efficiency Without Sufficiency Is Insufficient June 2, 2016 - I’ve spent my adult life reducing my ecological footprint, struggling with possible next steps because they are, frankly, enormous.  Giving up air travel, for instance.  Visiting my aged parents in Florida and accessing the wilderness in the southwest are particularly appealing.  [I can, and do, purchase carbon offsets for such travel – though offsets are [...]
OUR GREATEST SKILL; OUR BIGGEST LIABILITY March 2, 2016 - Just got back from a solo adventure in Death Valley National Park.  I wasn’t supposed to go alone.  Stephen Trinkaus and son Cody were to join me, but illness stopped them cold… the night before departure. I went anyway, completing, in addition to numerous day hikes, the 3-day, 2-night, 32-mile Cottonwood Canyon/Marble Canyon backcountry hiking [...]
Angie’s List Awarded Us Their SUPER SERVICE AWARD in 2012, 2014, 2015 and 2016! January 16, 2016 - Here’s the press release sent to local media on 3-29-17.  This latest award builds on our receipt of the same prestigious award in 2012, 2014 and 2015. A-1 Builders and Adaptations Design Studio Earn Esteemed 2016 Angie’s Super Service Award List  Our 4th SUPER SERVICE Award in the Past 5 Years! An award that reflects our [...]

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