Adventure

Follow off-the-grid excursions, ultra races, mountain climbs, expeditions… and all things “adventure” around the globe.

Cyclocross

Cyclocross is an up and coming discipline where off-road courses with tight turns, muddy slopes, steep banks, sand pits and manmade obstacles make up the medium of the sport. This is my feature story on a CX event last fall. . Read More...

September 16, 2008

Men Who Shave Their Legs

Beyond aerobic sports, in no other part of mainstream Western society does the male species commonly take wax or blade to leg hair. But among the Lycra set smooth legs are touted as a rite of passage and a performance-enhancing procedure. This feature story investigates the clean-shaven phenomenon . . . Read More...

September 11, 2008

Barefoot Believers: Running Without Shoes

A growing subset of runners are shedding their shoes and putting bare feet to the ground -- and footwear companies are starting to take note. This is my profile on a 30-year veteran of the barefoot movement and his attempt to drag me along for a shoe-less run. . . Read More...

September 3, 2008

Stand-Up Paddling

Stand-up paddling, or SUP, is among the biggest trends this year in board sports, even in landlocked locales like Minnesota. This feature story highlights the burgeoning SUP scene near downtown Minneapolis, where surfers stand up and dig in on the City of Lakes' most famous body of water. . . Read More...

August 26, 2008

Critical Mass, The Inside View

I rode in my first Critical Mass last month, a 200-rider strong showing in downtown Minneapolis on July 25. We rode with 28 police on bicycles and squad cars circling the entire time. At least that was until the whole event evolved into a benign parade of sorts through the city. . . Read More...

August 6, 2008

Mind over Mountain: Profile of Andy Knapp

This feature story profiles Andy Knapp of Minneapolis, a 59-year-old adventurer who's climbed Denali, biked solo to Alaska, kayaked alone across Lake Superior, and is now fighting kidney cancer with the same resolve he's applied to challenges in the outdoors his whole life. . . Read More...

July 29, 2008

Hash House Harriers

The Hash House Harriers are a "drinking club with a running problem." This tradition, started nearly 70 years ago in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, has its roots in a group of British expatriates who wanted to exercise and imbibe after work once a week. This is my story of a run with a local HHH club, exercise, competition and imbibing included. . . Read More...

July 10, 2008

The Pull of Canicross

Run with your dog. Let him pull. That's the premise behind canicross, a dog-sledding derivative that milks maximum propulsion via a canine-connected cord to rocket human-dog teams down the trail. . . Read More...

July 7, 2008

11-year-old Climbs Denali

Jordan Romero. Age 11. On his way to becoming the youngest person ever to climb the Seven Summits. Last week: Denali. Five summits down, two to go. That's right, and he's not even yet in junior high school. . . Read More...

June 30, 2008

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, wields crystals and sends thought energy in his customized version of an alternative medicine called applied kinesiology. . . Read More...

June 26, 2008

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 and constant map and compass utilization in the thick and buggy Chequamegon National Forest of northwest Wisconsin. . . Read More...

June 11, 2008

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 of rescue. This is a Q&A with Becher on the incident. . . Read More...

June 5, 2008

Testing Blood Lactate Threshold

This feature story details my experience undergoing a blood lactate threshold test, where a fitness trainer put me on a treadmill and pricked my fingertip repeatedly for blood samples. The goal was to determine my lactic acid threshold, the point at which I start to "feel the burn". . . Read More...

June 3, 2008

Trip Report — Big Bog, Minn.

Just got back from an odd one. This weekend I traveled to northern Minnesota and the Red Lake Peatlands, a spongy, hard-to-access wilderness that is the lower 48 states' largest bog. Read More...

May 14, 2008

Trip Report — Devils Tower

Just got back from Wyoming and Devils Tower, a 1,000-foot-high thumb of rock in the northeastern part of the state and my favorite rock climbing area in the country. Here's a quick trip report on the route we went up, "El Cracko Diablo," and a few images from our climb. . . Read More...

May 9, 2008
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