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Everything Is Epic

At a grocery store last week, the cover of Cosmopolitan‘s January issue caught my eye with the headline “EPIC SEX.”…

My Pal Mick, 1958-2012

My friend Mick’s heart stopped working last Sunday. He died at the age of 54, not knowing that the night…

Happy Thanksgiving

I haven’t had a “proper” Thanksgiving dinner since 2002, somehow managing to be anywhere but watching football and eating an…

The Customer Is Always Right

Maybe you’ve heard this one: Ski resort patron approaches lift ticket kiosk on Powder Day of the Century and demands…

The Three Bumper Stickers

“You know, I was just thinking that three bumper stickers changed my life,” Dan said as we tromped down the…

Don’t Sandbag Me, Bro

I always get sandbagged by guys in gear shops. I will stop in somewhere to pick up a cordelette, or…

Is Mountaineering Sexy?

I think there’s nothing that feels more rad than picking your way up a ridgeline, trailing a rope, pulling your…

The Things That Make Us

In the weeks leading up to my wedding in 2007, my hair was a little long for my parents’ taste.…

Girly Girls And Manly Men

In a conversation a few weeks ago, a climber friend of mine described herself as “not super-girly.” Her expanded definition…

Rappelling: Have More Fun

Climbing is fun. But at the top of a route, everybody gets all serious. Which is good, because lots of…

In Defense Of Denver

A handful of Saturday mornings, I have driven out of Denver’s Capitol Hill neighborhood juggling a bowl of granola on…

Review: My Running Shoes

I picked up these sweet-ass rigs after I finally wore out my last pair of trail running shoes after 2…

Hey Coffee, I Love You

When you go on a climbing or backpacking trip and someone says, “I’ll bring the coffee,” do you secretly bring…

How to Bark Down a Dog

Maybe you only ask yourself this question while bicycling or running: Can I beat up that dog? When it comes…