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The Birth of a Mountain Ultra Runner

Written by Hank Martin in N. America

This is a guest post by Micah Morgan. While Micah loves outdoor adventures that push the limitations of human fitness, he also is a family man with a wife and 2 year old son. He loves learning new things and has a Masters of Science in Systems Engineering and works in a network engineering job to fund his adventures. You can follow his adventures on his blog at mountainmicah.blogspot.com On November 12, 2012 the greatest gift in my life, my son Eli, was born. I was happy to be a father, but had realized that I was the fattest of my life at 6’0” and 220 pounds. In the endurance world, that officially qualified me as …

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What is the Dirtbag lifestyle?

Written by Breaking Trail in N. America

BT sat down with Ben Johnson to talk about everything from travel to money to being a dirtbag. Ben is a phenomenal athlete as well as person. He has competed in the Grand Traverse six times, climbed and hiked all over the world and is just a fountain of information about living life well. We are especially excited to be working with Ben this summer in conjunction with our release party. Check out some of his responses, a full interview will appear in the next BT Quarterly, then come meet and climb with Ben this July. What is a dirtbag? It’s about figuring out the cheapest way to live honestly so he or she can …

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Climbing the Peaks

Written by Payton Lee in N. America

“The steps seemed to get bigger as we ascended. You would think just walking uphill would be easy, but it’s not. The incline of the trail pushes back on my calves and knees. My breathing quickens, and I try calming it with a slow inhale, exhale rhythm. The backpack I’m carrying with water, a few snacks, and first aide stuff feels like  50 pounds on my shoulder muscles. I drag my feet just a little too long and nearly stumble over a rock. The top looks so close. I can see it. I can see people scanning the horizon. I wish I could hop, skip and whaala…be there, but that’s not the point of hiking …

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Showdown at Doubtful Canyon

Written by Payton Lee in N. America

His father, he said, was a brute, a big, raw-boned man who worked his son like a slave and treated him worse. Once his mother died, the boy was taken from school where he had spent just one year, and put to work. When the Apaches raided their homestead, his father fought like a tiger, but was killed. When a warrior was about to kill the boy, another Apache stopped him. “I take,” he said. “You fight like him, you my son.” Peterson, as he now called himself, had never looked back. From that time on he was an Apache and wished to be nothing else. His life as a white boy had been hard …

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Riding in the Silver Throne

Written by Payton Lee in N. America

Sometimes the best memories come with the highest price. I don’t mean dollars; in this case, I mean discomfort. And, this discomfort would become the sickness I bore just to bring you, my readers, entertainment and education. You are welcome, but I will not be doing it again, no matter how much laughter and enjoyment this story may bring you. Like most great stories there is a character (me), a setting (the silver throne), an exciting event (just wait and see), and most importantly a lesson to be learned. 5:00AM came extremely early after a long two week stretch of working through the holidays. But, came it did, and off we went to “the” Gunnison …