Articles written by: Sean Sullivan

Sean is an outdoor enthusiast and writer from Seattle.

History’s High Altitude Battles

History’s High Altitude Battles

High altitude doesn’t present difficulties to just mountaineers. For centuries, armies have fought on mountain passes across the world, adapting their tactics to the alpine environment. As Wikipedia ominously describes, soldiers fighting in mountains have to survive, “not only combat with the enemy but also the extreme weather and dangerous [...]

The Best Outdoor Movies Currently Screening on VOD Sites

The Best Outdoor Movies Currently Screening on VOD Sites

To save you all some time, I’ve compiled the best movies about outdoor adventure that are currently streaming on the internet. Watch and enjoy! Seven Years in Tibet Find it on: Amazon Prime Heinrich Harrer’s book Seven Years in Tibet is one of the greatest adventure books ever written. It’s [...]

Your New Post-Workout Recovery Drink… Beer?

Your New Post-Workout Recovery Drink… Beer?

Vices are bad, which might be why they’re called “vices” — the way I imagine it, our spongy wills are caught between our adamantine desires, slowly compressing with each turn of the crank. But what if our vices weren’t actually vices at all? If our vices were virtues… well, we [...]

First All Black Expedition to Climb Denali in June

First All Black Expedition to Climb Denali in June

The first African American to climb Denali was an administrative assistant from Seattle named Charles Crenchaw. Black American mountaineers were rare enough back then for Ebony to profile Crenchaw in 1963, one year before his historic climb. When asked about the racial diversity in his sport, he remarked, “I have not encountered [...]

5 Jobs to Try if You’re Not Afraid of Heights

5 Jobs to Try if You’re Not Afraid of Heights

Some people have a gap in their fear-circuit board that allows them to experience scary heights without the paralyzing anxiety that most people feel. These super humans are able to do cool stuff like climb mountains — which is no doubt cool, though for most people it’s an activity that [...]

7 Things You Didn’t Know About the Biathlon (But Were Afraid to Ask)

7 Things You Didn’t Know About the Biathlon (But Were Afraid to Ask)

The biathlon, more so than curling or synchronized swimming, is most likely to elicit a What-the-hell!?-I-didn’t-know-that-was-an-Olympic-sport type of reaction. It’s certainly a strange in the absurdly comical way that it mashes up two of the most different sports you can think of: skiing and shooting a gun. If a triathlon [...]

From the Laboratory to the Trail: The History of the Nalgene Bottle

From the Laboratory to the Trail: The History of the Nalgene Bottle

A small laboratory equipment company in upstate New York noticed a strange trend sometime in the 1970’s: People were using their polyethylene bottles, originally meant to carry and measure fluids in labs, as water bottles for backpacking. The president of the Nalge Company, the makers of the bottles, went on [...]

Doped on a Rope: PEDs, the Olympics and Climbing

Doped on a Rope: PEDs, the Olympics and Climbing

Recently, the International Olympic Committee shook up the events for the 2020 Olympics: wrestling is out. Any number of proposed sports could be in, including sport climbing. For the first time since 1988, when medals were last given to two climbers in achievements of alpinism (Reinhold Messner refused his silver [...]

Bike Touring Essentials

Bike Touring Essentials

One of the most amazing ways to explore the world is by bike touring – that is, using your bicycle as your means of transport over an extended distance and period of time while carrying your gear on your bike. It’s kind of like backpacking — you’ll be sleeping outside [...]

Strange Sports Involving the Riding of Animals

Strange Sports Involving the Riding of Animals

Persian royalty invented the game of polo thousands of years ago. Like chess, polo was a way for young men to train in the art of war. The polo pitch became a quasi-battlefield, and the points scored were material losses to the enemy.