Tough As A Mother

My mom threw up at the climbing gym, just after I lowered her from the top of a route. She came out of the women’s restroom a couple minutes later, swearing she felt better, saying it must have been something she ate. Then ...

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What Story Are You Telling Yourself?

Chad Kellogg died in Patagonia on Valentine’s Day this year, at 42 years old. I didn’t know him very well, just through a handful of phone interviews and one very brief in-person meeting. If you heard anything about Chad, it was probably something ...

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How To Climb A Hill

I was in the audience during a presentation at the Green Mountain College Adventure Education Colloquium last week, when the presenter, Jojo, asked everyone if they could remember a formative outdoor experience they’d had growing up. I tried to think of my first ...

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#Postbark: 365 Postcards, 365 Days

Chris Barker has developed an interesting ritual in 2014: Every day since Jan. 1, he has addressed one of his collection of vintage postcards, found a new backdrop, and taken a photo of the postcard before dropping it into the mail. Today is ...

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The Hierarchy Of Camping

Ever pull up next to someone at a campground and notice they brought way more stuff than you did? Or get to a campsite after hiking nine or ten miles and look over to see your friend pulling all kinds of superfluous crap ...

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Happiness: It’s The Little Things

This past January at a film festival, I got to chat briefly with big-mountain skier Chris Davenport. He’s a big deal (among other things, he’s skied the Lhotse Face on Everest, Denali, all 54 Colorado 14ers in one year, first descents all over ...

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The Man’s Guide to Being A ‘Real Man’

You probably read a few news stories over the past couple weeks about the rising popularity of beard implants, specifically the $3,000 to $8,000 ones offered by a plastic surgeon in midtown Manhattan. If you missed it, here’s a link to one story, ...

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Ouch Maps: Let People Know Where You Hurt

Ever had a co-worker give you a well-meaning slap on the back right where you got sunburned the day before? Or your spouse put their arm around you and unknowingly squeeze right on your huge bruise from last weekend’s bike crash? Don’t you ...

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