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…

Friday Inspiration, Vol. 21

Four minutes of Japan to get your wanderlust up: “It’s called ‘anxiety reappraisal,’ and it boils down to telling yourself…

19 More Facts About Mt. Everest

Hey, it’s Everest season again. In case you aren’t yet properly psyched for mountain climbing coverage, here are some more…

Friday Inspiration, Vol. 19

This is super-fun (even if your ski season is ending): “The point is, the industry portrays mountain bikers one way,…

Thanks For The Words, Phife

I could never get into Shakespeare when I was in high school, or classical poetry. The reading seemed too arcane,…

Friday Inspiration, Vol. 18

Watch China’s 2,073-foot-tall Shanghai Tower get built in less than three minutes. This guy saved a penguin’s life, and every…

Friday Inspiration, Vol. 16

Wait for it—the punch line doesn’t come until about 1:17: “When you watch reality TV singing shows, the hopefuls tend…

Friday Inspiration, Vol. 14

Wow. Yay, Earth. Renato Bialetti, the man who didn’t invent the Bialetti Moka pot but is probably the reason you’ve…

8 Tips For Healthier Eating

Eating right can be confusing nowadays. With all the information out there, it’s hard to know if you should be…

Friday Inspiration, Vol. 13

South African filmmaker James Walsh’s fresh take on the showreel: (If you like that, you might like Baisikeli, his film…

Ireland By Van

I stood inside the open door of a wool shop in Galway’s Latin Quarter just after a brief rain shower…

Friday Inspiration, Vol. 12

Don Cheadle as Miles Davis, coming soon: Artist Brian Kesinger draws The Force Awakens in the style of Calvin &…