It’s 20-Below Zero. Our Editor’s Advice To Associated Press? Go Running!

The Associated Press interviewed Minnesota resident and GearJunkie founder Stephen Regenold this weekend about his outdoor exercise habits on the coldest winter days.

A resulting story headlined “Experts Warn of Frostbite, Dead Batteries In Cold” ran in dozens of newspapers around the country. (Here’s one link, to the yahoo news version of the article.)

Regenold’s advice? Found under the “Fitness” subhead, he included tips about wearing mittens instead of gloves and a “versatile hat that can be worn to cover the neck” (this was The Buff, though the AP apparently did not want to use brand names).

The section ends with a quote: “To me, it’s less about being tough, but more about embracing where I live and not letting the weather man and the media scare me from what I love to do.”

Last we heard, this morning Regenold was getting geared up to ride his bike into the GearJunkie office. The temperature had risen by then to only 18-below.

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Stephen Regenold is Founder of GearJunkie, which he launched as a nationally-syndicated newspaper column in 2002. As a journalist and writer, Regenold has covered the outdoors industry for two decades, including as a correspondent for the New York Times. A father of five, Regenold and his wife live in Minneapolis.

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