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Finding a Life-Running Balance

Finding a Life-Running Balance

Few people who run are unsure how they feel about it. A small percentage of runners absolutely hate it, yet continue putting themselves through it for the sake of health or weight management. The rest of us do it because we love it. We love the way it makes us [...]

5 Wet and Wild Water Sports

5 Wet and Wild Water Sports

Too hot for your usual exercise and sport routines? As the summer heats up, let us recommend some of the most exciting and accessible water sports that are perfect for a new thrill and for keeping you cool. Grab your suntan lotion, bathing suit, and get ready for a wet [...]

Mountain Rescue Underway On Broad Peak

Mountain Rescue Underway On Broad Peak

by Kraig Becker A harrowing story is unfolding on Broad Peak in Pakistan where three Iranian climbers are stranded above 7800 meters (25,590 feet). The team ran into trouble on their descent following  a successful summit earlier in the week and for the past few days their teammates have been attempting [...]

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 [...]

Bear Grylls Brings Survival Academy To The U.S.

Bear Grylls Brings Survival Academy To The U.S.

by Kraig Becker If you’ve ever seen the television show Man vs. Wild you already know that host Bear Grylls has the skills necessary to survive in demanding environments. After all, over the course of seven seasons we watched him drink his own urine, extract water from elephant dung and eat [...]

How to Read Nautical Charts – 3 Easy Tips for Better Clarity

How to Read Nautical Charts – 3 Easy Tips for Better Clarity

Many of us receive the call for exploration from those inner chords in our gut.  Like a thirst that can’t be quenched, we are always seeking new ways to discover the world around us. No method of travel offers as much freedom as one can attain on a boat.  Once [...]

5 Adventures that Make You a Bonafide Badass

5 Adventures that Make You a Bonafide Badass

The Great Outdoors and Planet Earth Proper is chocker-bock full of heart-stopping adventures ready to be had at every turn. Many of those pulse pumping undertakings have become somewhat cliché (like skydiving or running with the bulls); however, we’ve comprised a list of activities that are not only too kickass [...]

The Back Country Chef-Veggie Breakfast Bagels

The Back Country Chef-Veggie Breakfast Bagels

Veggie Breakfast Bagels This is a perfect quick breakfast out on the trail for those who love a hot breakfast that doesn’t require too much work.  Prep work isn’t messy, and completely customizable to your tastes.  Also, bagels are great to bring backpacking because they are pretty durable in a [...]

Exercises to do in the Office

Exercises to do in the Office

Some offices have fitness rooms for employees to do cardio and curls between sending memos. Unfortunately, most lack such facilities. Rather, the common desk worker will sit for 8 hours secured within their cubicle’s walls until lunch or quitting time. While offices offer a productive and generally safe environment, they [...]

Survival Skills for the Armchair Adventurer

Survival Skills for the Armchair Adventurer

If you’re reading this, chances are you spend a little less time on the couch staring at a television screen than the average American. However, you’ve probably also heard of the “reality” survival shows that are enjoying a big increase in popularity and air time. These shows are great for [...]