Author brendan

Get Your Autumn On!

That’s right, it’s fall, aka autumn, aka your favorite season, that fleeting changing of colors, temperatures, clothing layers, and footwear…

Friday Inspiration, Vol. 45

Wally Hesseltine is just your average 72-year-old trying to run the Western States 100 in 30 hours (thanks, Al). “Just…

Friday Inspiration, Vol. 43

600 miles of running, from Missoula to Banff: A great piece of Kyle Dempster’s writing from a climb that ended…

Friday Inspiration, Vol. 42

My girlfriend said this is every woman ever, and I said it was Christopher Walken in “Weapon of Choice” times…

review water bottle

Review: Water Bottle

About 12 years ago, I bought a water bottle with no water in it. I guess it was kind of…

Friday Inspiration, Vol. 41

“How’s your day?” “Pretty good, yours?” “Eh, up and down.” My friend Sarah Uhl designed these kick-ass U.S. maps, and…

Dear Foam Roller:

Dear Foam Roller: I think— Oh, you thought I was just going to say “fuck you,” didn’t you? Well, hold…

Friday Inspiration, Vol. 38

Give this some thought before you walk away from your next campfire: Here is a collection of photos of politicians…

Joe Calls It A Day

My dad, Joe, retires today, after 41 years of work at one company and about two years of worrying if…

Friday Inspiration, Vol. 36

“Dogs don’t need that much to be happy. They need food and love, right? That’s something I’ve always aspired to…

us vs us

Us vs. Us

Last Saturday morning, while most of us were asleep, Kilian Jornet and Jason Schlarb decided to run across the Hardrock…

Friday Inspiration, Vol. 35

Congratulations to Tyrone “Baybe Champ” Stevenson, who just opened Oakland’s only youth-run bike shop—after almost 10 years after founding the…

Friday Inspiration, Vol. 34

A tribute to the late Doug Tompkins: There’s something, I don’t know, calming about these photos of highway rest stops…

notes from a book tour

Scenes From A Book Tour

I’m about halfway through my talk in the community room at the REI store when I see the two guys…

Friday Inspiration, Vol. 33

I’m just saying that award-winning filmmaker Jen Randall’s film based on Andy Kirkpatrick’s award-winning book will probably be pretty goddamn…

Friday Inspiration, Vol. 32

“I’ve had some cry when they realize that I’m just there to help them. I’ve had grown men cry.” “The…

The Value Of Just Going

Last Saturday afternoon, I was about to nod off in the passenger seat of my friend Mitsu’s car while we…

Friday Inspiration, Vol. 31

“2015 was probably our biggest year, and this year is without question on target for exceeding it.” —Robert Coverston, Chief…

9 easy ways to not be a dick

9 Easy Ways To Not Be A Dick

1. Say “thank you.” 2. Don’t urinate on toilet seats. 3. When driving in traffic, waiting in line, or waiting…

F*&# Busy.

Alastair Humphreys, writer and adventurer on both macro and micro levels, just came out with a new book called Grand…

Friday Inspiration, Vol. 27

Anson Fogel did a wonderful job with a complicated subject—this one premiered at the 5Point Adventure Film Festival a couple…

ice age trail 50

The Ice Age Trail 50

I guess my theory about ultramarathons is that everyone who’s ever heard of them has two immediate questions: 1) Why…

Friday Inspiration, Vol. 26

Mt. Fuji + traditional Japanese guitars + “drone ballet” = “A good run can sometimes make you feel like a…

ace and the desert dog

Ace And The Desert Dog

About a year ago, I spent a few days with Ace Kvale and his 10-year-old blue heeler, Genghis Khan, in…

Friday Inspiration, Vol. 25

If you have any interest in hip hop (or music) at all, this joy-filled documentary about a late-night New York…

Friday Inspiration, Vol. 24

I saw Andy Maser’s film about Joe Riis at the 5Point Film Festival last weekend—a great glimpse into a wildlife…

Friday Inspiration, Vol. 23

Not new, but still not getting old for me yet on the fifth play: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IWwlxxaQIso This quick blog post might…

Friday Inspiration, Vol. 22

Is there a Grammy for Funnest Rap Video? I can’t do better than this TGR headline: “Gaper Day Snowbladers Are…