I’ve been traveling alone in Thailand for a little over two weeks now. I came here to escape a nagging sense of idleness that I felt back home in Asheville, NC. This journey was supposed to be a life-changing trip for a long-term partner of mine and me, but morphed into an exploration of my …

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Mount Rinjani was a sketch in charcoal. Acres of burned-out grassland, the northeastern flank of the mountain eaten up, turned under. At the trail’s edge, scorched alang-alang grass trembled, the husks fragile and ashy and blowing away. A bleak scene for a honeymoon. But that didn’t matter. We were here for adventure, however it might …

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Five miles into a hike on Yosemite’s Mist Trail, I stopped and panted, wondering whether I should (or could) continue for the rest of the planned twelve miles. I tried to fend off disappointment in myself as I pondered, recalling a similar crossroads I encountered twelve years prior during my first ever backpacking trip. I …

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I had my first candlelit breakfast while working on a farm on Rapa Nui, or Easter Island. Unlike the romanticized connotations of a candlelit dinner, a candlelit breakfast consisted of spilled coffee grounds, stepping on puppy tails, and living in 85% fear of when my next encounter with the cockroaches and rats hiding in the …

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Mountain bike rides come in small, medium, and large. There are your after-work jaunts on mild, looping singletrack trails near home. Then there are the longer half-day rides you might tackle on a bluebird weekend afternoon. But the most memorable rides are usually the big ones. High mileage. Long hours. Serious challenges—both physical and mental. …

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For those that find a life on the road, there exists no reason, not a single cause for the vagabonding way. It is just a fact of being for people like me: a predestined way of life. I never remember being homesick. Not once as a tousle-headed little human did I cry for home or …

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  One of my adventure gurus is the understated and accomplished Lena Nikolaeva, possibly Russia’s foremost female Antarctic expeditioner. When I met her in St. Petersburg I was wowed. Forty-something, daring, brilliant, fun, Lena was an invaluable teammate on our polar expedition–the woman who helped make the ecological project we were about to embark on …

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In the fall of 2012, I wobbled into my local Florida climbing gym. I was 30 pounds heavier than I had ever been. My center of gravity was thrown off. And I hadn’t worn pants with a belt in months. I was seven months pregnant and I was climbing in my third trimester. One evening …

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This trip was tried to great success in August and September, but if you’re already dreaming of warmer weather, why not start planning for it now? Once the ice begins to thaw, this backpacking trek through some of the most beautiful countryside in the world will be wonderful. Spectacular, even. Feel free to steal the following …

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If you were asked to join someone on the longest, hardest all-female overlanding race in the world what would you say? Rhonda Cahill was hesitant at first, but her best friend Rachelle Croft’s excitement was catching. This wouldn’t be their first (or last) experience traversing complex landscapes. Expedition Overland You may have seen Rachelle and …

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In the future I’ll probably count the summer of 2010 among the worst times of my life. I know I have a lot of life yet ahead of me, and many tragic things are guaranteed and many more are strong possibilities, but the summer of 2010 was atrocious. In the winter of 2009 I left …

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