International Adventure Girl -- Bria Schurke

International Adventure Girl — Bria Schurke

Bria Schurke, a 22-year-old woman from Ely, Minn., has led a life straight from the pages of National Geographic. As the first-born child of explorer Paul Schurke, Bria went to the North Pole in first grade and picked through mammoth bones on Russia’s Wrangel Island while still in junior high. Oh, and she’s now an ultra racer as well. This is my profile of Bria’s life so far, dog sleds, Greenlandic pack ice, raw seal meat, and all. . .

Primal Quest Adventure Race, the Sprint Series

Primal Quest Adventure Race, the Sprint Series

The Primal Quest brand is synonymous with week-long, kill-me-now adventure races through some of the wildest terrain on the planet. (I know: I saw God several times while doing the race in Utah during July of 2006.) But what about applying the Primal Quest structure to shorter races, indeed “sprints” that last just three to five hours? In a conversation yesterday with Primal Quest CEO Don Mann, I was given some details on a developing new series of races that. . .

The Gear Junkie's Top 10 Adventures of 2007

The Gear Junkie’s Top 10 Adventures of 2007

Yesterday was a teaser blog to my annual “Top 10 Adventures of the Year” article. But today I’m unveiling the whole list, starting in Utah’s Wasatch Mountains where I skied 15,000 vertical feet of powder turns last January; heading south to a karst abyss called Cenote Dzitnup in Quintana Roo, Mexico; then going back to more traditional adventure pursuits, like dodging avalanches and 80mph winds on the flanks of a 14,162-foot stratovolcano in northern California. . .

Bike for Life, the book

Bike for Life, the book

In his book, “Bike for Life: How to Ride to 100” (Avalon Press, $16.95), my SoCal buddy and fellow fitness/outdoors writer Roy Wallack lays out a premise that says cycling — with its combination of fun, ease of use, travel, social interaction, joint-gentleness, and physical challenge — is the ideal sport for longevity. Now I’m just a young chick at 30 years of age. But for me this book was still relevant and interesting, not to mention hilarious, informative and even juicy at times. . .