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Dads, Remember to Use Your Superpowers!

Dads have superpowers, but we don’t always recognize what they are, or how powerful they can be. As a result, we miss some of the greatest opportunities to make the greatest impact as dads. This is not about “fixing”…

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Adventure

You MUST DO the Grand Circle Adventure!

We were familiar with Zion and Bryce National Parks, but Becky and I had always wanted to see more of Utah. Bec especially wanted to see the Grand Canyon. We had heard about The Grand Circle of National Parks, and after getting a book and a map from Amazon, decided to do this trip for our vacation this year.

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Fitness Heros

Meet Ed Whitlock, the 85-Year-Old Runner

Probably not many of us will be setting world records well into our 80s. Still, for those who want to make that a goal, Ed Whitlock is an example of how to do it. At 85, the Canadian runner ran a Toronto marathon in under four hours, breaking a world record…

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Adventure

The Pine Mountain Traverse

As I made my way past the first few miles, I saw great views of Iron Mountain and the San Antonio Ridge, one of the most difficult routes in Southern California to hike. There’s not much of a trailhead, just a tiny sign indicating you have entered Sheep Mountain Wilderness. This is where is gets hard.

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Fitness Heros

Meet Fauja Singh, the 104-Year-Old Marathoner

When journalist Michael Mosley went to the London Marathon, he was astounded at the nearly 36,000 bodies of all shapes and sizes who had come to tackle the 26-mile course. A whopping 7,000 runners were in their 50s, and a handful were in their 80s or older…

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Adventure

Ontario Peak via Falling Rock Canyon

I managed to talk Manny Castaneda into another hike – which would prove to be more “epic rough” than the last one. After a half mile, the route cuts across the creek then follows a steep avalanche chute to Sugarloaf Peak, then…

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Adventure

How NOT to Summit Condor Peak

Final Score: Condor Peak-1, Manny Castaneda and Bryan Feller-0. Our goal was to summit Condor Peak near Tujunga, but the peak had other plans. The hike started out following a picturesque canyon gorge with a creek flowing through it. We had shade from the early

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My Fitness Journey

If You Want to Get Fit, Quit Your Gym

In the study, “Is Poor Fitness Contagious? Evidence from Randomly Assigned Friends,” researchers found that up to 70 percent of your fitness level can be explained by the people who are your friends. Sadly, the evidence suggests…

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Day Hikes

Sitton Peak: Ocean Views on a Sunday Afternoon

Sitton Peak is at 3,273 feet of elevation and is located in the Cleveland National Forest between San Juan Capistrano and Lake Elsinore. This 9-mile path passes through a series of junctions joining other trails. Eventually, it ends in a really steep last quarter mile to a summit with fantastic views of the ocean.

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Day Hikes

Mount Baldy via Bear Canyon Trail

The Old Mount Baldy Trail starts at Baldy Village instead of Manker Flats. This is a very strenuous 13-mile out and back scenic trail gains that 5,750′ of elevation and tops out at 10,069′. It starts out steep, then gradually eases as you gain altitude. If you’ve done the standard routes on Baldy, this is a step up in challenge.

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My Fitness Journey

At 47, I Finally Quit Eating Like an 8-Year-Old

My doctor had me on a statin and my cholesterol dropped, but the statin had side effects I wasn’t willing to live with. I decided I was ready to stop eating like an eight-year-old and get serious about my diet. Here is what…

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Fitness Heros

Meet Mark Sertich, a 95-Year-Old Hockey Player

At 95 years young, Mark Sertich is listed as the world’s oldest active hockey player, and while you might wonder how long he’ll continue playing, he doesn’t have any immediate plans to hang up his helmet and pads…

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Day Hikes

Bryan and Bec do Mount Baden-Powell in the Snow

Bec and I were looking to get up in the snow for the afternoon and Baden-Powell was the obvious choice. I had been in the area the week before and I noticed the upper mountain had good snow on it. The trail doesn’t have any exposure and it’s not too steep. t’s the perfect half day hike.

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The Good Life

What is the Purpose of Adventure?

When asked why he climbed Everest, George Mallory famously replied, “Because it was there.” The quote made headlines worldwide and became a trademark statement among mountaineers for generations. Not to minimize Mallory’s achievement, but this is one of the most moronic statements ever made.

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Adventure

Death Valley’s Telescope Peak

When we got to the summit, we could see 100 miles in every direction. Unfortunately, the wind was gusting hard and the temperature was still close to 35 degrees. We spent 10 minutes up there enjoying the view, shot a little video, then headed back down to warmer temps.

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Adventure

Angel’s Landing in Zion National Park

I had been planning a trip to Zion for a while. I had wanted to go for a while, but I just couldn’t get the time. I thought it was a lot further away than it was, but I realized it was only six hours

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Crossfitters

Meet George Evans, a 97-year-old Crossfitter

Ninety-four-year-old George Evans of South Wales, U.K., has been active his entire life. Orphaned at 12, he took up dance at 14, worked as a locomotive fireman during World War II and was an avid swimmer. Today, Evans, who lost his wife and lifelong dance

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