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In my 20s, I went climbing with my brother, we did some top rope. It was really fun but we didn’t get that far. Years went by, I stopped climbing, got a little fat, kids left home, and I was hiking so much I thought…

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Bec and I were on Maui for our 30th anniversary. The last time we were in Hawaii was a cruise for our 20th anniversary. We always thought we’d be back sooner because, after that first trip, we just fell in love with the place. ..

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When many people retire, they move on to a more sedentary lifestyle. Not so for Robert Kelman, who is the oldest person to make it to the top of the iconic Devil’s Tower in Wyoming. At 87 years young, Kelman has been climbing for…

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For many, the 210-mile long John Muir Trail, which runs north to south across the Sierra Nevada, represents the quintessential backcountry hike. While this trail was on our radar, we thought the High Sierra Trail…

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I had previously taken the Summit Adventure instructor’s course and Tom Smith asked if I wanted to help facilitate at the next Adventures in Fatherhood. My schedule ended up opening up, and I was excited to be part of the…

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I had hiked Mount Whitney a few times, but Rainier was a completely different kind of climb. Mount Whitney and Mount Rainier are close to the same altitude. The big difference between the two is that Rainier is…

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On Tuesday, July 2, 2013, about 10 am, I found myself in a waking nightmare. I had just sat down for an impromptu strategy meeting with two colleagues to brainstorm for a marketing campaign. Someone asked me a question, but…

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I’d connected with the Summit Adventure Instructor Course because of a friend, and ended up getting to know the executive director Tom Smith. I’m always trying to improve my skills in the mountains, so I decided…

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Bec left me for a trip to Europe with some of her friends, so I had two weekends for exploits in the wilderness. I talked Wes and Liz into going with me up the Momyer Trail to San Gorgonio Mountain…

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Aerobic exercise has the potential for prolonging your life. Don’t believe it? Just ask 99-year-old Orville Rogers, aka “The Running Man,” who has been running races and breaking records since he was about 56 years old.

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