Trust Exercises

Sometimes you just gotta get out of town and hack your way up a frozen waterfall. The maple-colored mushroom of ice loomed above my head. Snow piled atop my helmet, pelted my face, and coated the thick Northern Minnesota forest. I had just hiked up a short 60-degree incline to reach the vertical wall of …

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Julie Ann Pedalino is not your average custom bike frame builder. With a background in the fine arts, she’s explored almost every medium out there. A creative, bubbly bike enthusiast, Julie learned to wrench at Velo Plus in Kansas City, and now applies her artistic eye to building bikes that fit their riders for form, …

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Gillian Grogan’s music is woven with intention, and imprinted with the places and people she’s come across in her travels. A self-described engineer, sustainability geek, musician, and human, she wields the power of her songs as a call to action for the environment, and the people who inhabit it. Cross-legged in the September sun, I …

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[dropcap size=big]O[/dropcap]nce a year, there’s a drag show at a small whitewater rafting outfit in Fayetteville, West Virginia. Cantrell Ultimate Rafting, which everyone just calls Cantrell’s, is a family-owned business that gives guided tours to church groups and Boy Scouts and curious travelers looking to brave the rapids of the New River. The site boasts …

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Steph Jagger is a badass. And not just because she skied 4 million vertical feet in a year, broke a world record, is Canadian, and wrote the poignant and hilarious book Unbound. Steph Jagger is also a spiritual gangster—someone who had the courage to take herself on and share that journey with the world through …

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Sukie Robertson has been involved with the kite surfing industry for 15 years now — as a surfer, as a coach, as a commentator on international tour, as the owner of a kiteboard centre, as a director of kids camps, as a writer. It’s been quite a ride, but for those dreaming about becoming a …

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Urban Dictionary defines “dirtbag” as “a person who is committed to a given (usually extreme) lifestyle to the point of abandoning employment and other societal norms in order to pursue said lifestyle…dirtbags are seeking to spend all of their moments pursuing their lifestyle.” While I’ve never been unemployed, I do seek to spend all of …

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