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Walking the Edge: Explorations on the Wildest Coastline in America

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  The towering headlands, crowned with mist, Their feet among the billows, know That Ocean is a mighty harmonist                                               – William Wordsworth There’s something about spending days and nights beside the sea. Maybe it’s the invigorating wind that blows across it, unhindered for 5,000 miles. Perhaps it’s the rhythm of the waves, like a heartbeat, slowing the pulse and ... Read More »

Chasing Silence

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Silence is something more than just a pause; it is that enchanted place where space is cleared and time is stayed and the horizon itself expands. In silence, we often say, we can hear ourselves think; but what is truer to say is that in silence we can hear ourselves not think, and so sink below our selves into a ... Read More »

The Journey Home: Diving Deep in Canyon Country

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  Leaving Utah, I could already sense there was going to be a lot of processing about my adventures there. It was one of the most deeply and profoundly impacting experiences of my life. And as I was driving away I felt like I had only barely begun to understand its impact on me. Things were brewing deeper in me, ... Read More »

Heather Anish Anderson: Speed Queen of the PCT

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Enjoy hiking? The Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) is 2,650 miles long. Start in an arid desert at the Mexican border where temperatures soar and shade is hard to find. Eventually, you’ll make your way to the high desert of California and into the picturesque peaks of the Sierras. If you have the stamina to go on, you’ll vault over Donner ... Read More »

Five Tips for Better Alpine Climbing Endurance

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Ed Viesturs, the first American to climb all fourteen of the world’s eight-thousand foot mountains without using supplemental oxygen, once said, “The only extras you can afford at altitude are willpower and stamina.”  He also famously said, “Getting to the top is optional.  Getting down is mandatory.” Often your success going up or trying to come back down depends on ... Read More »

Reaching the Sky: From Bellingham to Mount Everest

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by Dave Mauro   It occurred to me that I might be dying. My symptoms matched those which preceded the sudden death of a team member, DaRita Sherpa, the week before. He had been a few hundred feet higher, at Camp Three, when he returned to his tent complaining of dizziness. He was pronounced dead an hour later. I reached ... Read More »

Seven Summits: Cannibals, Leeches and Acrophobia

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by Dave Mauro This is the sixth installment in Dave Mauro’s Seven Summits series. In previous accounts, Dave was introduced to high altitude climbing on an unlikely ascent of Alaska’s Denali, North America’s highest peak. After Denali, Dave determined to attempt to climb the highest point on each continent – the “Seven Summits.” Successful ascents followed:  Mt. Kilimanjaro (Africa), Mt. ... Read More »

One Pan Wonders: Vegan & Gluten-Free on the Trail

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by Teresa Dicentra Black   Before I met my meat- and-potatoes-loving husband, I was a vegetarian. I was always proud of myself when I could manage to make my meals vegan too.  Somehow, I saw that as some sort of bonus. This recipe was (and still is) one of my favorite go-to vegan dinners.  It dehydrates and rehydrates beautifully, so ... Read More »

Looking for a Hiking Trail? Try these Early-season Options

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by John D’Onofrio With the string of warm, sun-drenched days that we’ve been enjoying this month, the snow in the mountains is melting fast. If you’ve been itchin’ to get out on the trail, wait no longer! Here are some choice hiking options that you can enjoy right now. Sauk Mountain: Virtually snow-free to the top of the ridge, this ... Read More »

Seven Summits: Climbing Antarctica’s Vinson Massif

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by Dave Mauro   This is the fifth installment in Dave Mauro’s Seven Summits series. In previous accounts, Dave was introduced to high altitude climbing on an unlikely ascent of Alaska’s Denali, North America’s highest peak. After Denali, Dave determined to attempt to climb the highest point on each continent – the “Seven Summits.” Successful ascents followed:   Mt. Kilimanjaro ... Read More »