Thorung Yoyo

I’m Hari Mix, and I’m currently an assistant professor in Environmental Studies and Sciences at Santa Clara University. My graduate research in Environmental Earth System Science at Stanford centered on recording changes in climate, topography and the biosphere over the last 65 million years in western North America and Central Asia. Today, my research focuses broadly on two areas: terrestrial paleoclimate and paleoaltimetry (currently focused on the Sierra Nevada and Alaska Range) and use the isotopes of oxygen and hydrogen in atmospheric river events in California to examine the interactions between moisture, topography and aerosols.

I have a quite a knack for getting engrossed in interests of mine. I was a competitive distance runner for nine years, and retired from the sport after a back injury in 2009. At Stanford, I became an NCAA Division I All-American in the 5,000m and was ranked in the top 30 in the US in the 10,000m. I contributed to a Pac-10 championship and two NCAA podium finishes in cross country.

Finishing 11th in the 2007 NCAA Championships

I’ve also taken quirky pursuits such as learning skill toys further than most. I am a pretty serious yoyoer although I’ve plateaued in recent years. I even designed and manufactured a high performance yoyo during my undergrad.

Exhibit A: My handbuilt yoyo

Mountains have been a lifelong passion for me. It was during family camping trips to Colorado, the Teton Range and the Canadian Rockies that my interest in the natural world exploded. Mountains led me not only to my alpine pursuits but a fascination with the scale of Earth and the processes that shape it guided me toward earth science. This site will be a lens into my adventures: alpine, intellectual or otherwise. Keep exploring!

4 thoughts on “About

  1. Aarti

    Hey Hari! It’s Aarti from high school. I had coffee with Adam G today and we started talking about people from high school and wondering what they were up to. Of course you came up! Sounds like you’re doing some amazing things and your blog has given me a serious case of wanderlust. Glad all is well!

  2. Chuluunchimeg (aka Linda)

    I’ve read your post about Mongolia. It was real fun. Good luck in your pursuits of world’ wonders!

  3. Ron

    Hi, really interested in your pobeda expedition. If one were to only climb until 6500m, how does this compare to say peak lenin? From reading your blog the route to dikiy pass is very challenging and only for experts, is it?

    I know camp 1 and the road to camp 2 has avalanche danger, although i have not found one story where people have died in those sections. For Peak lenin and khan tengri, many people have died even on the popular routes….

    Your advice will be highly appreciated.



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