monch

The Definition Of Adventure

As I descended the corniced summit ridge, I saw a climber coming up the same path. I hacked out a small ledge in the snow on the uphill side of the path and waved for him to come up and pass. There’s not ...

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happiness

It Turns Out You Can Buy Happiness

A couple weeks ago, Alastair Humphreys told me about the Explore feature on Kayak.com that allows you to enter the amount of money you’d liked to spend, and shows you where you can fly in the world for that amount. This is of ...

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The Miniaturization Of Climbing

Not to be an alarmist or anything, but at the current rate of miniaturization, by approximately 2035, climbing will be invisible to the naked eye. Humans were first drawn to climbing in 1492, when King Charles VII demanded that someone climb Mont Aiguille, ...

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mr button

Those Who Can Change Lives, Teach

In August 2011, my old 7th-grade Geography teacher, Mr. Button, sent me a message saying that he was dying: Last week I was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer that has spread to my liver. They say I have between 6 weeks and 6 months. ...

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10 Ways You Can Create More Garbage

The average human being will create 102 tons of trash in his/her lifetime. But why be average? Here are 10 ways you can maximize the amount of trash you produce. 1. Only drink water out of single-use bottles. You should be drinking 64 ...

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Fitness Quotes Brought To You By Bears

[Original photo: "Bear Alaska (3)" by Carl Chapman from Phoenix, usa - Driving To Alaska. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons]   [Original photo: "Black bear large" by Mike Bender/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Licensed under Public domain via Wikimedia Commons]  ...

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How To Go To The Gym

Hans Florine has climbed The Nose on El Cap damn near 100 times, and in 2012 set the speed record for climbing The Nose with partner Alex Honnold in 2:23:46, one of several times Hans has held the record. He is quite unlike ...

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i love helmets

Dear Helmets:

Dear helmets: You guys are my favorite hats. Sure, other headwear may be more stylish, more “cool,” easier to put on slightly sideways to suggest some, well, whatever it is the kids are trying to communicate these days, but you are the best, ...

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tep

The Back-To-Civilization Buffet

My friends and I drove down a dirt road out of the Sangre de Cristo Range after a two-night backpacking trip to an alpine lake and within the first 10 minutes of the drive, we had decided that we would head straight to ...

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discomfort

The Benefits Of Discomfort

About a year ago, psychologist and author Kelly McGonigal gave a TED Talk on “How to Make Stress Your Friend,” which has now been viewed 6 million times. To paraphrase, McGonigal said this: Stress can kill you, but only if you believe stress ...

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