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

“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 seen runs around the world, including Broadway. A 1992 motion picture of the same name is loosely based on Meyers' play. This is my review of the performance, focusing on the philosophical/existential dialogue as much as the high Himalayan drama. Read More...

April 13, 2007

Q-and-A with The Gear Junkie

Rail Riders recently interviewed The Gear Junkie, and here's the full Q&A, complete with ramblings on existential exhaustion, emotional breakdown and enlightenment. Questions in the interview range from discussions on outdoors sports to my opinion on ways to treat waterborne parasites. Oh, and there's a bit about gear in there somewhere as well. Read More...

April 2, 2007

The Mike Curiak Syndrome

Mike is back, and things did not go quite as planned, though he put up a courageous effort. As reported by Craig Medred in the Anchorage Daily News, Curiak ran into 30-below-zero weather combined with 70 mph winds. Read More...

March 28, 2007

Cold Consequences

In a story this weekend for the Minneapolis Star Tribune, I write about David Heitkamp of New Haven, Ind., who competed in the Arrowhead 135 Ultramarathon last month, and—as this image shows—did not fare so well. These are medical photos taken a few days after the race ended. This year’s Arrowhead race started in International […] Read More...

March 15, 2007

Mountains To Climb Before You Die

In a recent story for Forbes, I polled Ed Viesturs, Jack Tackle, Will Gadd, and four additional star alpinists to create a list that highlights the world’s greatest mountain ranges. The choices—ranging from Washington State’s Cascades to the Karakoram of Pakistan—represent these climbers’ personal favorite mountain ranges, inspired by memories of epic ascents, three-month-long expeditions, […] Read More...

March 4, 2007

North America’s Toughest Ski Runs

A long time ago, as a burgeoning ski bum in the early 1990s, I kept a scribbled list in a notebook of some of North America’s most difficult double-diamond runs, from archetypes like Corbet’s Couloir at Jackson Hole, to Snowbird’s Great Scott in Utah, and the Palisades at Squaw Valley, Calif. My goal was simple: […] Read More...

February 27, 2007

Self Reliance Defined (on a bike in Alaska)

I honestly thought the Iditarod Trail Invitational (the new name for Iditabike) self supported. That’s right. No drop bags. No outside help. He’ll haul all his own food and supplies. . . in a trailer. So, let me repeat this: Mike Curiak will ride a bike 1,100 miles THROUGH THE SNOW, for up to 20 […] Read More...

February 8, 2007

Highpointing — Silva, Maptech, Mountaineers Books

Each of the 50 U.S. states has a high point of elevation, be it a towering mountain peak or a nondescript knoll in a cornfield. To a small group of climbers who call themselves highpointers, every one of these summits is geographically significant. Read More...

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