friday inspiration

Friday Inspiration, Vol. 56

At the top of a 50-foot-tall human tower comprised of nearly 100 people is a brave four- or five-year-old. Your…

friday inspiration

Friday Inspiration, Vol. 55

Alex Honnold has fun re-creating Dan Osman’s legendary solo of Bear’s Reach on Lover’s Leap. This story about the early…

friday inspiration

Friday Inspiration, Vol. 54

Happy Friday from the Avalanches: I believe these light paintings of dinosaurs could make you happy. An ode to zip-off…

friday inspiration

Friday Inspiration, Vol. 53

A good time to listen to John Muir (featuring Alastair Humphreys): A German coffee shop has an interesting idea to…

Friday Inspiration, Vol. 51

2 1/2 wonderful minutes of Arctic scenery: Kelly Cordes continues to be one of the most inspiring adventure writers of…

Dear Phone, I Love You

Dear Phone: I love you. I mean, not in that Joaquin Phoenix-falling-in-love-with-his-operating-system way. But maybe in the I’d-probably-hug-you-if-I-hadn’t-seen-you-in-a-few-weeks-and-we-finally-got-together-for-coffee kind of…

Friday Inspiration, Vol. 49

Erik Gordon is a good dude who understands the importance of coffee: This guy says a pool noodle, although not…

Friday Inspiration, Vol. 48

Paul’s Boots is live! “While antisocial personality traits do play a role, what really influences trolling behaviour is the social…

Friday Inspiration, Vol. 47

Know your history: If you’ve always wondered what doing Nolan’s 14 feels like but never wanted to actually try it…

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…