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New Year’s Resolutions: Opportunity Knocks

California is getting walloped by El Niño, which means it’s been raining pretty much non-stop since last week, but on one recent afternoon I spied a rare streak of blue sky outside, and abruptly ran down to the dock and…

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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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