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New Bouldering Problems at Whitney and Thayer Woods

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This was my third season working in Boston. My college roommate Matty left the Harvard Arboretum a few years back and started a landscaping business. He asked if I wanted to make some money. I did. Thought I’d work a few days here and a few days there. Little did I know, it quickly became a grueling, yet fulfilling full-time …

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Episode 18 – Buzz Burrell

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Adventurer Buzz Burrell grew up in Kalamazoo, Michigan, but it wasn’t long before he packed his bags and headed west to Colorado to be in the mountains. Over the next five and a half decades he set fastest known time (FKT) records on the Colorado Trail (486 miles) and the John Muir Trail (223 miles), started the first certified organic farm …

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Episode 17 – Maura Kistler

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If there’s one thing you can’t call Maura Kistler it’s sedentary. She’s always doing something to bring people – climbers, kayakers, outdoor enthusiasts – together to build community, all while running her gear shop, WaterStone Outdoors, and teaching. Her unbounded drive, self deprecating humor, and straight-at-it attitude has been an inspiration to me over the years and I always look …

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Episode 16 – Jeremy Quentin

As I’ve gotten to know Jeremy Quentin (plays under the moniker Small Houses) over the years he’s become one of my favorite people. We don’t see each other much, since he lives in Austin and I in Denver. But from time to time we cross paths in different cities across the country. Last week Jeremy had a show in Cambridge, …

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Episode 15 – Jon Glassberg & Jordan Shipman

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Jon Glassberg and Jordan Shipman are the co-founders of Louder Than 11. You’ve probably seen some of their online videos or maybe even caught one of their climbing competition live broadcasts. They’ve come a long way since their first videos, like Colorado Glow, and now they’re leaders in the climbing media landscape. I took a drive over to their office …

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Episode 14 – Julie Ellison

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Julie Ellison joined the staff of Climbing Magazine back in 2010 when the magazine was sailing through turbulent waters. Over the next six years she gained the respect of the industry and became a leading voice in climbing media. Recently, Julie was promoted to Editor-in-Chief. But the road to the top hasn’t been easy for Julie. Since joining the staff at Climbing Magazine it …

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Episode 12 – Anton Krupicka

Anton Krupicka came onto the ultra running scene when he took 1st place at the Leadville 100 Run in 2006. He was 22 years old. In 2007, he took 47 minutes off his time and won the heroic race, once again. That time still stands as the 3rd fastest on the course. Those highly celebrated wins helped Krupicka turn his passion of …

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Back in the Saddle Again: Trail running the Walker Ranch Loop

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My heart was pounding, my lungs were about to explode, and my thighs were burning. I was back at square one, training at Cheesman Park in Denver, Colorado, sick and tired of finding myself at the dregs of physical fitness – again. Maybe it was the 5 month stint in Boston, Massachusetts landscaping with my college roommate, Matty, or maybe it was the hours …

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Episode 10 – Paul Nelson

Paul Nelson is a lot of things. He holds a PhD in history. He’s a Misty Mountain and Blue Ridge Outdoors sponsored climber. He authored a book called Wrecks of Human Ambition: A History of Utah’s Canyon Country to 1936. He started playing guitar at the age of five and recently started playing bluegrass mandolin. To say he’s a passionate individual would be a …

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Two Very Good Reasons Why You Should Run Without Music

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Sitting at a trailhead on a beautiful fall day in New England I had what felt like an epiphany. Is this what it has come to? I just turned my truck inside out looking for a little iPod Shuffle charger. A tiny white USB to headphone jack accessory about the size of a paperclip. I could have left it anywhere. My mind was racing. …

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