August 2012

Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series

Going from 0-60 miles per hour in a matter of seconds; this is how high performance sports cars are measured. In the world of cliff diving, this is the acceleration that divers experience as they make their leaps. The Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series is an elite sporting event that takes place in various […]

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Tour of “The Barrels” Huts

Sleeping arrangements on mountains are typically spartan and basic. If you’re not in a tent, you’ll likely spend the night in some form of a hut, a simple unit with a few bunk beds inside. No heat, no electricity… though some regions are starting to offer heat. The Barrels are an iconic destination at the […]

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Glissading

There are several ways to get down a mountain. Some folks climb back down, others jump off the summit with a parachute… I chose to go down on my backside. Here is a video from a recent expedition on Mount Elbrus in Russia. My team donned heavy-duty garbage bags, and tightened the straps of our […]

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Dispatches from the Caucasus

Prior to our summit attempt of Mount Elbrus, our team of 13 acclimatized at the base of the mountain. We spent three days here, going on hikes during the day and telling travel stories over evening tea. We lucked out with the weather, in that it was sunny virtually sunny the whole time. Our summit […]

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