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Meet Betsy Finley, a 60-year-old Crossfit Champion

Betsy Finley won the 60+ age division at the 2011 CrossFit Games. The champ, out of Akron, Ohio, says her energy, determination, and the support from her gym are what helped get to the top of the podium. Related posts: Meet Greg Walker, 64-Year-Old CrossFit

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Adventure

Climbing and Falling in Holcomb Valley

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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Fitness Heros

Meet Robert Kelman, the 87-Year-Old Climber

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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Adventure

32-hour Solo Trip to Mount Langley

The Mount Langley summit tops out at 14,026 feet with a total mileage of 18.5 miles out and back. At an elevation gain of only 4,652 feet, this was well within my fitness level to tackle as an overnight trip. Game on.

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Adventure

6 Days and 80 miles on the High Sierra Trail

For many, the 220-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 would be a good way to ease into the behemoth JMT. The shorter, 72-mile High Sierra Trail runs west to east across the Sierras and can be done in six to ten days.

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Adventure

My Mount Rainier Adventure

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 covered with glaciers, giant moving snowfields that are hundreds of feet thick. They are very different mountains.

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My Fitness Journey

Good Morning Bryan, This is Your Wake Up Call

On Tuesday, July 2, 2013, about 10 am, I got a wake up call. At the time, it was more like 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 when I tried to answer, only murmuring sounds escaped my mouth. Then I began to lose vision in my right eye. Thirty seconds passed, and I still couldn’t speak.

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Adventure

Momyer Creek to San Gorgonio Peak

I usually take Vivian Creek Trail, which is an 18.5 miles roundtrip with a 6,500-foot elevation gain. Momyer is quite a bit further and with more elevation gain. We wanted to do a loop, so we figured we’d start up Momyer and come down Vivian Creek, making a 25-mile round trip.

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Fitness Heros

Meet Orville Rogers, the 101-Year-Old Runner

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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Adventure

Wes and I Hike the Three “T’s” Trail

I’ve wanted to do the Three Ts Trail for some time, but I’ve needed a partner. You have to leave one car at the Cucamonga trailhead, then your hiking partner drives up to Manker Flats to the Mount Baldy trailhead. Wes and I finally set a date and did it.

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Adventure

A Sleepless Overnight on Cucamonga Peak

We all turned in pretty early that night. Ten minutes after we went to sleep, the wind picked up to about 50 mph. It wasn’t gusts, it was a solid 50 mph wind. It stayed that way until about 4am. The idea of sleeping on a summit with the stars out always seems cool, but practically every summit I’ve slept on gets exposed to crazy amounts of wind.

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Fitness Heros

Meet the World’s Oldest Female Bodybuilder

Ernestine Shepherd didn’t start bodybuilding until late in life, but her journey has been astounding. “Age is nothing but a number and you can get fit.” Wise words from the oldest competing female bodybuilder in the world…

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Crossfitters

Meet Lucie Hobart, the 56-Year-Old CrossFitter

It’s important to know that Lucie’s story does not take place overnight. “It’s been literally two and a half years of hard, slow work,” says James. Lucie has been devoted to CrossFit, training and eating right for years. She lost thirty pounds…

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Adventure

The Fellers Hike San Bernardino Peak

I had hiked San Bernardino Peak before and it is one of my favorite trails in Southern California. I got a permit and talked Wes and Liz and even my wife Becky into joining me. Normally, Bec is not a fan of hiking steep mountains, but she has done three of the Six Pack of Peaks and this will be her fourth…

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Adventure

Hiking Mount Whitney in a (very long) Day

We had been able to see headlamps of hikers far ahead of us for hours, as apparently a lot of people had reached the trail before we did. As we started up the 99 Switchbacks, we could see many bobbing headlamps. The first light of the sun crept up as we neared the top of the switchbacks. The red rays lit up all the rocks. It was hard not to tear up just watching it. It had to be the most beautiful sunrise I had ever seen. Pictures simply don’t do it justice…

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Adventure

What I Learned About Love, Death, and Fatherhood on Sawtooth Peak

Courtney took a step and immediately went into a slide. Time went into slow motion. My left hand still had a strong purchase on the rock and my right hand gripped the trekking pole that she was hanging on to. As her full weight started to load the system, she swung underneath me. The inertia was far greater than I was expecting and I felt the sharp pinch of fear throughout my body. I felt my hand slipping off the hold I had on the rock. I couldn’t let her go. Then I lost my grip on the rock and we started to slide. It was over. I knew in a matter of seconds we would be airborne, free falling 800+ feet to our deaths.

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Adventure

Night Hiking Mount Baldy: A Stupid, Awesome Idea

A great idea popped into my head. “Let’s hike Mount Baldy at night under the light of the full moon! We probably don’t even need headlamps.” I texted the idea to the group. Texts came back. Ping. Ping. Ping. Wes and Liz signed up. Courtney was down for a stupid idea. Even Bec reluctantly agreed. It seemed like a pretty cool idea.

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