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We enjoy travelling among strange cultures and pushing our bodies in outdoors activities because we love exploration and adversity. In overcoming adversity, we prove to ourselves, time and time again, that we are not confined by social norms nor limited by our bodies. Overcoming adversity makes us feel free.

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In 1963 Will Unsoeld and Tom Hornbein’s made a historic traverse of Mount Everest, the first traverse (climbing and descending by different routes) of any Himalayan peak. To do this they had to ascend Everest’s treacherous West Ridge. This year Conrad Anker and Corey Williams plan to recreate that expedition.  In this video Mark Jenkins, climber and award-winning author, gives the pair a “50:50 and chance of summiting or dying”.

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An insightful, intelligent, and totally worthwhile video debate about the state of the environment made by Skype.

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Some pretty awesomeific links from the past week.

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I was interviewed by Vagabundo Magazine for their most recent issue. Read the full interview straight from the magazine here.

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I’ve stopped shopping at ‘real’ stores because most brand-name travel and outdoors gear can be bought online for 40 – 80% off on any given day. Don’t believe me? Take a look.

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$500 for writing a gear haiku, the best 12-year-old skater ever, overpriced barefoot flip-flops, super deals on jackets, the rules of dirtbag dating, and more.

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