After hearing out the challenges, a hacker races to form a team that will compensate for the skills she’s missing. Teams can comprise designers, computer programmers, data scientists, project managers–whoever is needed to make the team’s idea succeed. Hackers brainstorm together, creating ideas and then persuading others to join them. Hence the almost-yelling happening around the room.

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Let’s get one thing out of the way right now: this isn’t a story about winning. Instead, like all athletic pursuits that I engage in, this is a story about me enduring long enough and hard enough to collapse across the finish line.

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There were some days when I hiked as many as 8 trails and there were some unfortunate weeks when I couldn’t get out at all. In the end, I was able to complete all 52 hikes before moving to Colorado around week 40.

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by Charlotte Matthews The girl doing my makeover floats between counters, pulling colors she promises will make me more myself. Her hands are expert and she is kind, but when it’s over I don’t know who it is I see. All I wanted was to be a kid again. At the pediatrician, when the doctor …

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Cross-country skiing is certainly an amazing workout. It passes my personal “how hard am I working?” test: it makes me sweat while I’m doing it and makes me sore when I’m done. With cross country, the sweat is intense (great for a cold weather sport as long as you keep moving) and the soreness is all over – legs, core, and arms.

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Pack Burro Racing is the only sport that is indigenous to Colorado. What started as a tribute to the state’s mining history has become an annual spectacle in which, every summer, super fit athletes and their hopefully well-trained and willing equine counterparts run long distances over Rocky Mountain passes. It’s as crazy as it sounds.

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by Caroline Parke wiggling inch born high up a dizzy haze of pirouetting pollen strands gave you form to match in your listless, swirling descent; a ribbon dancer, you silked you down slow from that breeze-haunted nursery, carried through clouds of tree sex, fluorescent with lust, one sticky band linking the branch of your birth …

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[dropcap size=small]T[/dropcap]here’s something about traveling by boat that inherently equals adventure. I don’t know if it’s the wind in my hair, the bright sunshine on my face, the splash of water occasionally making its way over the bow, or the passing scenery as the ship cuts its way through the water. It’s all of those …

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[dropcap size=small]O[/dropcap]ne of my cats, the fluffy black one, is snoozing on a large pile of recently unpacked clothes over another pile of sheets and pillows on my unmade bed. The windows are open, and it is raining outside, but barely. When the sun comes out again, the pine needles will dry up and fill …

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Now, there are few things that dampen your hiking enthusiasm more than shot socks. I decided to take that bull by the horn and make myself a new pair. Crazy, maybe, but damn if they aren’t the most comfortable things that have touched my feet in months.

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[dropcap size=small]M[/dropcap]y smile spreads. I pause to laugh before chewing the slightly soggy, roadside graham cracker. The gravel grit of the road mixes with the cracker and I am reminded of the sprawling scene behind me. The Toklat River’s braided ribbons underline the mountains, still nameless. Francesca continues reading in her contrived Irish accent; she …

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