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Enlightenment vs. The Marionette

Enlightenment vs. The Marionette

If you suspect the world is racing toward Hell in a Handbasket in some vague but fundamentally new way, Joseph Heath agrees with you, and he has a remarkably coherent (more)

Fixing Your Feet

Fixing Your Feet

If your chosen sport has anything in any way to do with your feet, I say John Vonhof's (more)

Death Valley In ’49

Death Valley In '49

Does anyone read books anymore? This is not a rhetorical question—my books section is basically a ghost town nowadays. Still, for those of you who like to hold a bound (more)

Born To Run

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Christopher McDougall's Born to Run arrived on my desk with impeccable timing. I'd just finished a mammoth 19-hour climb and ski of California's Mount Tyndall, and while (more)

Mingori-Greenberg: “Backcountry Skiing”

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Mammoth Lakes climber/photographer Dan Mingori and Eastern Sierra Avalanche Center co-founder Nate Greenberg have released a new backcountry skiing guidebook, (more)

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