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Rickshaw South Dispatch 3: No Fool’s Errand

We headed south. Our plan was to drive as far as possible through Colombia’s rich lowlands before venturing into the mountains. We had no idea how the rickshaw would perform at altitude and we were doing everything we could to…

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Escape from L.A.

“Let me just send one last email before you go,” my wife says, as she slips away into the bedroom. My one-year-old son and I put my backpack and a couple pair of boots into the back of the wagon,…

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Gear

A Thru-Hiker’s Ode to Closed Cell Mattresses

In the world of thru-hiking, the lightweight, ultra-reliable and indestructible closed-cell camping mattress is hard to beat. We caught up with three thru-hikers that swear by the Therm-a-Rest Z Lite and Z Seat to learn more about their adventures and…

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Tips

5 Tips to Make the Most of the Backcountry

I didn’t come out here to rough it, the city is rough enough. We’ve all heard the phrase “roughing it” before. This simple string of words is most commonly applied to pursuits that involve heading into the backcountry. Where did…

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Adventure Running

ad ∙ ven∙ ture run  noun   \ǝd’ven-t∫ǝr ‘rǝn\ a form of simple jogging done with the goal of exploring a novel environment; modern origins can be attributed to this seminal escapade across NYC a means of seeing sights, meeting people, exploring landscapes, and sampling tasty…

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Gear

Cots on the Rocks

I slept on a Therm-a-Rest Ultralite Cot over 60 nights in the Pacific Northwest this year … in State and National Parks, in National Forests, in Wilderness Areas, next to cold rocky rivers, in hot dusty deserts, and every place…

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Mountain Biking the Maze

I’d noticed it before on this trip, but not as acutely as I did when the lightning struck a little after midnight. Wrapped in my sleeping bag, I’d left the rain fly off my tent because, after three cloudy nights,…

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Stories

Whiskey and Seiners and Orcas (Oh My!)

We thought a slight adjustment in our course would give us a better view of the orcas breaching in the distance. They must have thought the same thing. In a matter of minutes they had halved the distance between us….

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