El Avalanchisto

[soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/190837553?secret_token=s-AFIsq” params=”auto_play=false&hide_related=true&show_comments=false&show_user=false&show_reposts=false&visual=true” width=”400″ height=”400″ iframe=”true” /] When Matt McKee first heard about the position forecasting avalanches for Minera Pimenton, a gold mine in the Chilean Andes, it sounded like the snow geek’s dream job. But mere hours after his plane touched down in Santiago, Matt started getting hints that maybe he had walked into a situation that more closely resembled a nightmare: a den of avalanche paths, a mine full of workers who didn’t believe in avalanches and a country that looked for someone to blame if things went wrong.…
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365 Days

[soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/188378006″ params=”auto_play=false&hide_related=true&show_comments=false&show_user=false&show_reposts=false&visual=true” width=”400″ height=”400″ iframe=”true” /] “In the day to day tangle of life, it’s easy to let go of the things that provide that focus, and calm and perspective,” writes Fitz Cahall. “I find that serenity so easily in wilderness.…
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Adventure 1000

[soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/186064725″ params=”auto_play=false&hide_related=true&show_comments=false&show_user=false&show_reposts=false&visual=true” width=”400″ height=”400″ iframe=”true” /]   It’s January. Time for our annual Year of Big Ideas. This year, we talked to Alastair Humphreys, a 2012 National Geographic Adventurer of the Year. Among other things, Alastair has walked across India, and 1000 miles through the largest sand desert in the world, cycled 46,000 miles around the world in four years and rowed across the Atlantic.…
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Flying Deep

[soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/184783388″ params=”auto_play=false&hide_related=true&show_comments=false&show_user=false&show_reposts=false&visual=true” width=”400″ height=”400″ iframe=”true” /]   There comes a stage in a great athlete’s career when the pursuit of technical difficulty takes a back seat. It gives way to simplicity, an aesthetic and possibly to an iconic style that leaves an impression on a sport.…
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The Journey Within

[soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/181104033″ params=”auto_play=false&hide_related=true&show_comments=false&show_user=false&show_reposts=false&visual=true” width=”400″ height=”400″ iframe=”true” /]   “I’m thirty-years-old, and a complete and utter failure,” writes Chris Kalman. “My mom is a PhD astrophysicist, my dad, a PhD mathematician, and my sister has a Master’s in epidemiology. They all have jobs, children, houses.…
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What You’re Handed

[soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/176798461″ params=”auto_play=false&hide_related=true&show_comments=false&show_user=false&show_reposts=false&visual=true” width=”400″ height=”400″ iframe=”true” /] Regardless of how you choose to play outside, if someone gets hurt in the mountains, the first step on the checklist remains the same: “scene safety”–you make sure the thing that hurt your buddy isn’t going to hurt you too.…
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5 Steps to Bailing

[soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/169380591″ params=”auto_play=false&hide_related=true&show_comments=false&show_user=false&show_reposts=false&visual=true” width=”400″ height=”400″ iframe=”true” /] “The reality of climbing is, if you climb long enough, you’re bound to bail,” writes Dean Fleming. “I’ve left rappel biners on sport bolted 5.8s. I’ve bailed from trees, chockstones, fixed cams, and Manzanita bushes.…
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Mother’s Have It Hardest

[soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/160145642″ params=”auto_play=false&hide_related=true&show_comments=false&show_user=false&show_reposts=false&visual=true” width=”400″ height=”400″ iframe=”true” /] “I remember really quickly going from, ‘Wow, I’m home, this feels great’, to ‘Holy s***, what did I do to my mom’?” says alpinist Kyle Dempster. “And that was the first time I saw how truly difficult it is for mothers.”…
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The World by Bike

[soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/147411261″ params=”auto_play=false&hide_related=true&show_comments=false&show_user=false&show_reposts=false&visual=true” width=”400″ height=”400″ iframe=”true” /] Committed. It’s a word we use to describe people we know, our friends, even ourselves. Committed to a sport. A ski line. A lifestyle. It can be easy to commit to those daily or short term goals.…
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More Than Just a Camping Tr

[soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/178658841″ params=”auto_play=false&hide_related=true&show_comments=false&show_user=false&show_reposts=false&visual=true” width=”400″ height=”400″ iframe=”true” /]   “Death-by-lightning-strike statistics kept swirling through my head, causing me to push my 13-year-old daughter to the very limits of her physical ability. We were on her Trip,” writes Otto Gallaher. Today, we bring you the story of a rite-of-passage tradition in Otto’s family simply known as ‘The Trip’.…
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