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Skyrunning: The Art of the Possible

Mix running, alpine climbing, and mental grit, and what do you get? Skyrunning: the quirky adventure sport in which you run up and hurtle down mountains for kicks. This isn’t a quick, smooth road race or a slow, steady assault…

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Take Five, Japanese-Style

There are thousands of shrines all over Japan, from the middle of a bustling Tokyo street, to the farthest outlying corners of the country. In an island nation where humanity is tightly packed into urban spaces, the shrine is a…

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Dean Potter’s Gift

Celebrated climber Dean Potter’s death from a tragically failed wingsuit BASE jump this past May hit me harder than I expected, and maybe understandably, since I had met the legendary man himself at a Reel Rock movie screening (a movie…

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The Entrepreneur’s Edge

Great entrepreneurs go for it. Doubts are shoved aside, and they take the plunge with passion.  We all know this intuitively, but most of us could use some reinforcement. I found it the other day on San Francisco Bay. At…

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