Articles written by: Bryan Schatz

Winning the Iditarod with a Broken Ankle: Thoughts from Jay Petervary

Winning the Iditarod with a Broken Ankle: Thoughts from Jay Petervary

This past February, Jay Petervary crushed the Iditarod Trail Invitational, a 350-mile fat bike endurance saga that takes place within Alaska’s brutal and frozen terrain. He did so on a broken ankle and zero sleep. This month’s issue of Switchback Magazine features a behind-the-scenes look at his journey. Here we [...]

How Exercise Makes Us Smarter: Ruminations from Dr. John Ratey, author of “Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain”

How Exercise Makes Us Smarter: Ruminations from Dr. John Ratey, author of “Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain”

Back in the ’90s researchers discovered that exercise not only prevented the onset of cognitive decline, but it actually makes our brains grow. Dr. John Ratey wrote a book about it called Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain (pick up a copy, it’s great). We called [...]

The Great Python Massacre of 2013

The Great Python Massacre of 2013

Pythons have been rampaging through the Florida wilderness ever since the first pet that got too big was let go into the Everglades from a teary-eyed owner who could no longer care for the beast.

5 Lesser-Known Long Distance Hikes

5 Lesser-Known Long Distance Hikes

Sometimes you just want to walk a really long distance without many other humans polluting your scene, disturbing your wa. This is not an unreasonable desire, nor an unusual one. It’s why we flock to

Michigan Governor Announces Plans for $13 Million Adventure Center

Michigan Governor Announces Plans for $13 Million Adventure Center

We bitch about government a lot: the red tape, the bureaucracy, the hypocrisy and scandalous actions of politicians, you name it. But every once in a while the Government Gods get together and conspire in our favor. The latest example comes from Detroit, Michigan, a city with a questionable downtown [...]

Will Climbing Become a New Olympic Sport?

Will Climbing Become a New Olympic Sport?

At the World Championships in Paris, the International Federation of Sport Climbing unveiled details of their request for inclusion in the 2020 Olympics, proposing that lead climbing, as the “historical and traditional climbing discipline,” should be accepted as a new sport in the games.

Madman-Skydiver Felix Baumgartner To Jump From 23 Miles Above Earth’s Surface

*Update: The jump has been postponed due to weather. A rescheduled date hasn’t been set yet. On Tuesday, October 9, skydiver “Fearless” Felix Baumgartner will step into a pressurized, balloon-borne capsule and lift up into the sky until he reaches the 23-mile mark above Earth’s surface. And then he’ll step [...]

Now You Can Adventure With Bear Grylls…Not.

Now You Can Adventure With Bear Grylls…Not.

“Man vs. Wild” host Bear Grylls is probably a supremely cool dude, and there’s no doubt that he’s an outdoorsmen of badass proportions, but his new Survival Academy lacks an important piece: him.

The Arctic Ice Meltdown of 2012: What You Need to Know

The Arctic Ice Meltdown of 2012: What You Need to Know

Here’s what’s going on: chunks of glaciers several times the size of Manhattan are ripping free from Greenland; what can change from solid to liquid in the Arctic is rapidly doing so; 2012 is on track to become the hottest year ever in the lower 48.

Yosemite Hantavirus Means Less Crowds…Worth the Risk?

Yosemite Hantavirus Means Less Crowds…Worth the Risk?

Back in the summer of ’04, I lived in Yosemite Valley as a climbing and hiking bum while working in the uber-fancy Ahwahnee Hotel, cleaning up people’s trash andeating