'The House That Adventure Built'

Jason and Chelsey Magness for years lived on the road, traveling, teaching yoga, endurance racing, and climbing tall peaks around the world.

But in late 2010, the couple — who run the YogaSlackers group and contribute to GearJunkie — settled in Bend, Ore. They moved into a one-story home straight from Chelsey’s Toyota.

The couple, now married, today spend about half the year in Bend. Their home, which we visited to photograph and live in for a weekend, is something of a gear junkie’s dream — equipment, ropes, bikes, shoes, outerwear, yoga gear, backpacks, tents, and maps are everywhere.

A line of webbing is strung in the backyard, a 100-foot span set up to train for high-lining. It ends at a friend’s backyard. “We can slackline from our porch to his house,” Chelsey said.

100-foot slackline literally out their back door

Their residence is also the base for a home-stay program that Jason and Chelsey operate. Endurance athletes, yogis, acrobats and slackliners can stay at the house to train and learn with the couple. They offer programs on JandCtraining.com.

Beyond the house, the Magness’ are huge fans of Bend, a city of 75,000 in central Oregon. “Our shoulders relaxed when we got here,” Chelsey said of the town.

Bike trails and running routes stream from their neighborhood. Singletrack is a 15-minute pedal to the east, where the city fades into foothills and high desert.

Happy couple, Jason and Chelsey Magness, at their Bend, Ore., home

A cannel runs almost in their backyard, and when the water flow is high they can paddle to the Deschutes River near downtown.

Take a peek inside the house here. Jason and Chelsey gave us a look around and license to photograph at will.

From the copious gear, slacklines, ad hoc art, and nude yoga-pose images, the tour was quite the trip. —Stephen Regenold

One of many slacklines (this one made of chain) strung around the yard

Medals from endurance and adventure races hang around the house

Ropes and lines… waiting for use (climbing and high-lining)

Map of the world on a wall in the house… Chelsey points to her home

Nude yogaslacking calendar — full story is here

Acro tomfoolery on the back porch

Art on a bathroom wall (drawn over old wallpaper)

Chalkboard for lists and inspiration

Into the garage…

Jason sorts some hardware after a day of high-lining and rock climbing

Bulletin board (kitchen)

Poster from a photo show (featuring the YogaSlackers)

A bike for every discipline

Cairn on the fireplace

Maps from road trips and adventures pasted up as wallpaper

Nature in the backyard

Sunset on the back porch

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Stephen Regenold is Founder and Editor-In-Chief 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 nearly two decades, including as a correspondent for the New York Times. A father of four small kids, Regenold and his wife live in Minneapolis.

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