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Beyond Spec

Beyond Spec

We like to define things, to give them purpose. Chairs are for sitting in, not standing on (you might fall off). Steak knives are for, well, cutting steak... not cutting kindling. In terms of outdoor gear this same principle holds true, but with the added element that the higher the price tag of the item the narrower it's purported scope of usefulness.

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Oakley Takes it to the Track

Oakley Takes it to the Track

Horizontal and riding a fixie on a 42 degree angled wooden track, desperately trying to avoid looking like a swerving, oddly shaped bag of spandex, is not how I imagined trying out Oakley's new sunglasses. Usually company's just email a notice and then send product to test on our local trails. But that's not Oakley's style (#liveyours).

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The Unexpected Visitor Test

The Unexpected Visitor Test

There are lots of metrics of happiness out there. Some are pretty academic--Harvard Medical School or well funded international think-tank type stuff. But I prefer the more informal tests, like the "unexpected visitor survey", which just might be one of the best metrics of happiness there is.

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Trails That Aren't Really Trails: Hiking Asia

Trails That Aren't Really Trails: Hiking Asia

At home in Canada we're always looking for a new trail to mountain bike, to trail run, or just to get out and explore nature. When we're adventure racing, the best part...

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Brave or Stupid

Brave or Stupid

“Yoor very brave,” said the swimmer next to me in a heavy Russian accent.
“Maybe” I replied. “Or very stupid.” “Vell yes, but I vas not gooing to say that,” he offered with a smile.

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Dirtbag Ultra: Gear

Dirtbag Ultra: Gear

Personally, I've always had a bit of a twisted obsession with gear. In grade-school, it was pencils and stationary. I got new stuff every year and hoarded it. I borrowed pens and paper from classmates

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Hunkering Down in a Yurt

Hunkering Down in a Yurt

Down-sized living in a modern age: In the summer of 1999 I suddenly found myself without a job or home. With a partner and newborn—and plenty of crazy ideas common to twenty-somethings—I decided to build a yurt and embark on homesteading in my native New Hampshire.

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Sabaidee! Bike Touring Laos

Sabaidee! Bike Touring Laos

I didn't know it was possible to sweat this much. It's barely past 10 a.m. and my bike computer is saying it's 34 Celsius, I don't even want to know what the humid-ex is. Our elevation only goes up today, and my job is to just keep pedalling.

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