The Birthday Challenge

  I don’t know if it’s a thing among any other circles, but some rock climbers like to do what is called a birthday challenge–a personal physical test in honor of your age. The main goal, of course, is just to have fun outside with friends who help you along the way. Most commonly, the challenge is to complete one climb for every year you’ve been alive. Obviously, this gets harder as…

Journey into the Accursed Mountains – Kosovo

Accursed Mountains

An ill-fated solo hiking trip in the Albanian Alps, documented by selfies Writing and photography by Jesse Weber After five weeks of moving between metropolitan centers of Europe, I was seeking a change of scenery and a new adventure. A friend suggested that we take on the Peaks of the Balkans, a multinational hiking trail that traverses the mountainous border regions of Kosovo, Montenegro, and Albania. My friend ended up…