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Patagonia High Endurance Kit (HEK) Review

Keeping the new, highly innovative, Patagonia High Endurance Kit (HEK) a secret was not going to be a problem thanks to the weather forecast. No other runners would be foolish enough to be out during …

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The Cure for Anything

“The cure for anything is salt water: sweat, tears or the sea.” ― Isak Dinesen [Karen Blixen]  I’m putting a lot of hope in salt water. The Pacific Ocean, some crying. Saline infusions too. But …

Growing up

I met Dan in June 2010. I was in the Dolomites for a cycling tour and was looking to connect with local riders on the rest day; at the time he was living in Brunico …

Black Diamond Distance 4 Liter Pack Review

The development of a Black Diamond 4 liter Distance pack was big news for us. Their 8 and 15 liter Distance packs (full review here) have proven themselves to be hands down the best packs …

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Patagonia Capilene Air Review

I first laid eyes on the Patagonia Capilene Air while on expedition in Nepal with Colin Haley. He had an early sample that didn’t make an appearance until we were away from the masses. It …

Jaybird Vista Review

After finding a new favorite podcast (thanks for the psyche Enormocast), and creating our very own Elevation Running Playlist, I recently started listening to things again during big, uphill runs. One thing I was not …

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The Evolution of Light Alpinism

At some point, I just had to turn away and not watch. It was all too embarrassing. We’d just run into the Jungfrau Region’s Löbhorner, a classic easy rock traverse on a limestone ridge rising …

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4000er Training Summary

Sliding down with my feet in the air, I flipped over and dug the ice ax into the snow below my chest. The axe and my boots gripped and stopped me.  A sigh of relief. …

Black Diamond Distance Packs Review

Packs are my thing. I spend most every day of the year with various types and sizes on my back, working from them, living out of them, and of course carrying them. I know what …

Black Diamond Pipe Dream Review

The Black Diamond Pipe Dream 45 is a newer version of what BD offered way back in the 90’s. Then, it was the Spot, and it was my sport climbing pack of choice. When it …