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You Can’t Make This Stuff Up

“UM, Neddy, I have to pee.” “You’ll have to wait. We’re at least an hour from the Lodge.” “I have to pee NOW.” “You have to hold it. It’s going to be an hour before [...]

“My Life is Over”: Injuries in Badass Women

The post on Facebook was a wail. The young woman was crushed: a recent bad breakup, and she had badly cranked herself heading at speed down a Colorado mountain. Her knee was trashed. According to [...]

Anti-Aging Secrets: The Real Fountain of Youth

The older couple ahead of me on the stairs made their careful way up, step by confident step. There were in their seventies, and lightly bundled for the slight March chill brought on by the [...]

Burn the Script

I held a remarkable African necklace in my hand when she walked up and asked if she could help me. The necklace, made of twine and feathers, spoke to me. This is the kind of [...]

Climbing Kilimanjaro: What’s Really Involved?

This past Thursday I had a coffee meeting with a woman who arranges all kinds of travel for all kinds of people. Deb asked me about Kilimanjaro, which I had trained for and summitted back [...]

“I’ve Been Doing This for 45 Years”

It fell out of my mouth before I could stop it. "Crap," I thought, embarrassed. "I sound like my father." The young woman grinned at me and I thanked her. Watched her walk away. She [...]

The Walking Wounded

  A few weeks ago on the Facebook page Outdoor Women's Alliance a woman was moaning openly about having trashed her ACL, and she needed help walking her dog. Two things happened: offers poured in, [...]

Winning (and Losing) Customers at the Outdoor Retailer Snow Show

The expansive booth was replete with samples of every kind of glove and mitt displayed on the wall. Neatly set up, the gloves looked almost like a museum display. I couldn’t wait to get a [...]

It’s January and Back to the Gym!

Nothing sends gym regulars scampering to find a new time to hit the iron than the annual influx of "This year I'm gonna..." newbies. Normally I love that late afternoon sweet spot of 3:30 to [...]

Your Best You in 2018: What it Takes

This weekend marks a moment of both excess and reflection. The celebration of a year's end, and the beginning of something new. It's our human habit to hope for better. What makes each of us [...]