Biking Vail Pass

Adventure

A climber’s paradise

I’m swinging from the top of the tallest route at the brand-new Earth Treks Englewood facility, my camera in tow. Looking down at the...

It’s me or Ukiah

I took a wrong turn — a relative statement given that what I was following was hardly a navigable road. At the foot of my...

The Day of the Dead in Cusco, Peru

"Would you like to go to the cemetery this afternoon?” The question, posed by Pavel, my Peruvian tour guide whom I’ve only just met outside...

A river runs through them

"Look at all those people!” It was mid-July, and my family and I were picnicking on the banks of the Arkansas River, laughing as we...

Showing up to fear

The sound of heavy rockfall echoes off of the nearby mountains. Like gophers, heads pop out of tents searching for debris. The smell of...

Eclipsing fear

This is not a story about danger. This is a story about fear. It’s serendipitous that my most recent exploration of the differences between real...

What does it really take to run for 29 hours and...

My friend Aisha places a hand on each of my shoulders. “You got this,” she says. “You totally got this.” We’re standing in a campground...

What is CBD — and should I be using it?

From the front window of Runners High in Golden, Colorado, shoppers can see Lookout Mountain and the iconic “M” on Mount Zion. The tiny...

Three strikes you’re out

In 2015, on the fifth day of Ride the Rockies (RtR) — an epic multi-day, 465-mile supported bicycle tour of Colorado — I was...

A fresh pair of eyes

The following story presents another perspective of Emma Murray’s attempt to complete the Wasatch Ultimate Ridge Linkup, which Murray detailed in the July 26...

Where fear and anxiety collide

I was at the entrance to Devil’s Castle when the first lightning bolt struck. From where I stood, on the rocky ridge connecting Unnamed...

Bike-packing The Maze

It’s late morning, and the temperature’s already in the 80s — typical autumn weather for Utah. I cram enough food for a small Boy...
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