Jan 2, 2013

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Alternatives to Childhood Misadventures

Alternatives to Childhood Misadventures

I grew up in a big city and while I was lucky enough to have parents who insisted on taking me out of the city as often as possible, I spent many a weekend and summer vacations loitering with my friends in a nearby office parking lot as we tried to entertain ourselves.

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Jan 2, 2013

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An Anthropological Analysis of the Warrior Dash and Tough Mudder

An Anthropological Analysis of the Warrior Dash and Tough Mudder

Cultural rituals always bewilder those on the outside. We should just accept that we can never understand some things in this world. But there is one cultural ritual in the world that astonishes me with its uselessness,ergo, tantalizing my desire to understand it:

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Jan 1, 2013

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Practical Jokes to Play on City-Slicker Friends

Practical Jokes to Play on City-Slicker Friends

There are some of us out there who have never seen the stars at night, never heard the sound of silence, and whose idea of “wild” usually means a trip to the zoo.  You can’t hold it against them, really – growing up in an urban jungle you sometimes don’t know what you are missing.

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Dec 31, 2012

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Backpacking v. Playing Video Games: Pros and Cons

Backpacking v. Playing Video Games: Pros and Cons

I don’t know what to do this weekend. Some of my friends want me to go backpacking with them, but I’m kind of tired. Maybe I should just stay home, where it’s safe and dry

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Dec 28, 2012

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Outdoorsy Vehicles and the Stereotypes that Accommodate Them

Outdoorsy Vehicles and the Stereotypes that Accommodate Them

Car companies are smart.  They know that they don’t need to sell you a car, they are selling a lifestyle.  Images of the pristine wilderness, lumberjacks, grizzly bears and anything else out of a Jack

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Dec 27, 2012

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Why Climbers 100 Years Ago Are More Badass Than You

Why Climbers 100 Years Ago Are More Badass Than You

After climbing the Grand Teton, I felt like a badass. Later, I learned a little history of the route I climbed: Glenn Exum was a mountain guide in the Teton range who normally led people

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