Introducing The ‘Heavy Backpack Workout’

You’ve tried everything to get in shape: the Shake Weight, BowFlex, FlexBelt, 8 Minute Abs, NordicTrack, P90X (or maybe P12X), Total Gym—and still, you somehow don’t have an ass that people can bounce quarters off. What gives? Maybe you’re not eating right. Maybe ...

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Notes From A #VanLife

One Saturday last May, I slid a key into the lock on a scrappy little apartment 80 feet off Denver’s noisy Colfax Avenue. We carried our stuff in and made piles, and flopped a mattress onto the bedroom floor. In bed that night, ...

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How To Exit A Bathroom (Mostly) Germ-Free

You will probably not get ebola from touching a public restroom door handle. But if you touch a restroom door handle with your bare hands, you might have a lot to think about when you’re eating a grilled cheese sandwich later: streptococcus, staphylococcus, ...

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The Selfie Stick And The Game Of Life

One day last August at a popular tourist destination, I noticed as a guy walked around for several minutes with a selfie stick, stopping to click off photos of himself from several different angles with the surrounding mountains in the background. A few ...

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Utahlorado: An Idea For A Mega-State Of Awesomeness

Dear states of Utah and Colorado: Hey, so you know what would be cool? If Utah and Colorado became one giant state called “Utahlorado.” I know we’ve spent a lot of time comparing the two—who has better skiing, who has better climbing, whatever—so ...

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5 Ways To Procrastinate Fall By Extending Summer

The temperatures are slowly dropping, the leaves on the trees are starting to turn golden, and fall is beginning its pumpkin-spice-scented squeeze on the hours of sunlight each day. This, lamentably, means the end of summer is coming. Skiers and football fans are ...

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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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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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