Shaman in an Office Park

I went in for a physical assessment. I got crystals and magic instead. This is my story on Chris Frykman, a chiropractor who cracks backs,…

Rogaine Orienteering Race

In this feature story on the Minnesota Orienteering Club’s annual Rogaine event, I chronicle a six-hour backwoods race involving swamp swimming, flag finding, brush crashing…

Case Study: PLB in Action

A mountaineering accident last week prompted Bill Becher, a writer friend of mine from southern California, to deploy a personal locator beacon (PLB) in hopes…

Life, Death and Altitude

A death on a high peak — plus personal failures in performance at altitude — prompted Mike Farris, a 52-year-old college professor, to write a…

Norway Ski Trip — Report #3

This final trip report about my Norwegian escape last week is photo-heavy, with Kvitfjellet and Smorbottentin, two magnificent mountains of the Romsdal Alps, grabbing most…

BPA in the News

BPA is in the news again. That’s short for bisphenol A, a controversial compound that mimics the hormone estrogen and is found in polycarbonate containers,…

GoldSprints

Goldsprint racing is a rising offseason cycling activity that melds a stationary bike trainer with a video game. Riders pedal to move wheels on a…

Andy Knapp — Survivor

Can perseverance and fortitude forged from a lifetime in the outdoors boost your strength in other parts of life? For Andy Knapp, a 60-year-old retail…

Fitness in the Blood

What on earth is a blood lactate threshold? I had no idea before last week, when I got on a treadmill to undergo a fitness…

Q-and-A with The Gear Junkie

In this tell-all Q&A interview, Stephen Regenold (a.k.a. The Gear Junkie) talks with author Bill Katovsky about cycling 135 miles on snow, “existential realignment” via…

Beer Run

The Hash House Harriers are a drinking club with a running problem. That’s according to a man known as Bob-Shiggy-Bob, who I met last month…

Meet Dr. Feet

Diagnosing the likes of plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, stress fractures, and shin splints, Dr. Paul Langer is a podiatrist as well as a running expert.…

Mount Shasta Report

Can you say crap storm? I just got back from Mount Shasta, and I have a good story to tell. Winds reached 100mph on top,…

Company Profile — Mandatory Gear

This is my profile of Mandatory Gear, a Minneapolis company that makes some of the lightest-weight backpacking and adventure racing gear available. Indeed, the company’s…

“K2,” The Play

“K2” is a play by Patrick Meyers that opened earlier this month at the Jungle Theater in Minneapolis. Written nearly three decades ago, K2 has…

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