Dec 6, 2012

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From Dandy to Dirtbag: Climbing Clothing Throughout the Ages

From Dandy to Dirtbag: Climbing Clothing Throughout the Ages

When Jacques Balmat made the first ascent of Mont Blanc, the highest peak in the alps, he looked pretty dapper. There he is in the painting below, wearing his breaches, out for a dandy stroll. For a second, I’d like you to

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Dec 5, 2012

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5 Snowboarders Who Sustained Brutal Injuries (and Survived)

5 Snowboarders Who Sustained Brutal Injuries (and Survived)

In 2008, The Centers for Disease Control reported that more people are injured while snowboarding than during any other outdoor activity. Furthermore, the National Ski Areas Association recently noted that more than 400 snowboarding fatalities have occurred during the last decade. Any experienced boarder will attest to the inherent danger of this popular pastime – but these real-life survival stories are nothing short of miraculous.

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Dec 3, 2012

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The Dirtbag Gourmand: 5 Cheap Meals to Make on the Road

The Dirtbag Gourmand: 5 Cheap Meals to Make on the Road

A tip to all the epicures out there: Never develop a passion for outdoor adventure. Exploring the wild will charge your life with cosmic meaning, you’ll lose lots of weight and meet lots of cool people – but it’ll hamstring your quest for gustatory pleasure. There’s no fresh baked bread or foie gras in the wilderness. If you can’t learn to live with eating oatmeal and peanut butter everyday, you would be wise to stick to the city.

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Nov 30, 2012

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Stealth Camping: Dos and Don’ts

Stealth Camping: Dos and Don’ts

Not everyone wants to pay for over-priced campsites full of RVs only to be kept up by loud children and families singing Kumbaya through the night. Luckily, there are alternatives.

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Nov 19, 2012

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Urban Camping: A New Adventure Sport

Urban Camping: A New Adventure Sport

Some find thrills through the scaling of a mighty peak; others of similar ilk may also delight in the thin avoidance of ‘getting jacked’ by ‘the man’ or other hooligans and thugs via urban camping. Urban camping, AKA ‘stealth camping,’ ‘guerrilla camping,’ ‘homelessness,’ whatever, is the new adventure sport for urbanites with an outdoor spirit or for ‘dirtbags’ who’ve had no luck hitching to the crags outside of town.

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Nov 13, 2012

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Tips for Dirtbags: Food

Tips for Dirtbags: Food

Adopting dismally low standards is the key to a life of luxury and true contentment. An example: Buddhist monks are known to have to beg the masses for a small, daily donation of rice, but who could argue that Buddhists aren’t clearly the happiest folks on earth? The same is true of dirtbags. All we need is enough nourishment to fuel an assault on a nearby peak or a full day of serious loitering.

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