14. 07. 2015
Switchback on Col du Tourmalet

Cycling in the Pyrenees

The possibility of cycling in the Pyrenees had been on my mind since we first started planning this trip (a mere two weeks before we departed, but that’s another story). Once we had picked...

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12. 07. 2015
Chez Renauld, St. Jean-de-Luz

St. Jean-de-Luz Perfection

St. Jean-de-Luz might have become my favorite place in France, and one of my favorite places anywhere. First impressions help. We rented a charming apartment from friendly people, and after we dropped our bags...

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24. 09. 2014
In the finishing chute at Ironman Maryland

Ironman Maryland 2014 Race Report

The alarm went off at 330 in the morning, and I wondered: is 330 really the “morning”? It felt like the middle of the night. I hadn’t slept much, but I (and many others) have...

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19. 03. 2014
Deep snow on a huge powder day at Big Sky

Huge Powder Day at Big Sky

You know it is going to be a good day when a ski patroller who has been working at the mountain for three decades says it is the best snow he can remember.

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13. 03. 2014
Snowmobiling in the Tetons

Snowmobiling in the Tetons

My legs needed a day off from skiing, so I thought it would be fun to go snowmobiling in the Tetons since it would involve nothing but sitting down all day.

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12. 03. 2014
Catching my breath while hiking to Headwall at Jackson Hole

Hiking to the Good Stuff at Jackson Hole

I figured that conditions the day after an 11″ powder day would be a mixed bag and planned to spend the day on the groomers, just as Allison and I did at Vail a few days earlier. I…

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11. 03. 2014
Jackson Hole is rugged and stunning

Powder Day at Jackson Hole

After our epic ski day at A-Basin on March 8th, I pulled up the weather forecast for the coming days to decide where to go next. I had planned to spend two nights in Park City before driving…

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10. 03. 2014
Gorgeous view from North Pole at A-Basin

Arapahoe Basin Skiing Rocks

This post could alternatively be titled “Amygdala Overload” because it was that kind of epic day. It snowed overnight, and Arapahoe Basin Ski Area (better known as A-Basin or simply the Basin) received at least 9″ of fresh…

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09. 03. 2014
Champagne Glades in Blue Sky Basin at Vail

Blue Sky Bliss at Vail

Vail boasts that it is “like no place on Earth” and in some ways their PR people probably have it right. It is a rather large place. Of course, I couldn’t really see...

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26. 02. 2014
Skiing from Col des Gentianes to Tortin, Verbier, Switzerland

Five Days of Steeper and Deeper Skiing in Verbier

Verbier, Switzerland is paradise for people who love big mountains. We arrived after dark on February 20th, and skied in near-whiteout conditions on February 21st. It wasn’t until we woke up to perfectly blue...

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14. 02. 2014
Low visibility at Alta Ski Area

Skiing Alta Amidst Artillery

Normally, waking up to the sound of artillery and explosions at 6AM does not augur well. In Little Cottonwood Canyon, Utah, however, it is a welcome soundtrack. It means there is enough new...

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05. 02. 2014
Christel carves Bold Decision at Whitetail

Best Mid-Atlantic Ski Season in Years

If you live in the Washington, DC area and like to ski, you have to seize every good snow day like it will be your last. You can go years without properly good...

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23. 01. 2014
I-70 on the Maryland-Pennsylvania border in the snow

Straight into the Next Adventure

On January 19th, the nice folks at Tierra Patagonia drove me, Alice, Kaleb, and two other guests to the Punta Arenas airport where we boarded — with some trepidation given the 120+kph winds...

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17. 01. 2014
Glacier-fed lake at the base of the Torres del Paine

Hiking in Torres del Paine National Park

We woke up early on January 17, stuffed our faces at breakfast, and headed out  with Felipe and three other fit guests towards the start of the hike up to the Mirador Los...

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15. 01. 2014
Gaucho herding sheep on the Strait of Magellan

On the Strait of Magellan

There was something strangely satisfying about walking alongside the Strait of Magellan when we arrived in Punta Arenas at sunset (1030PM) after a long journey on January 15. We left Puerto Guadal in...

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15. 01. 2014
Tyrolean Traverse in front of Glacier Leones in Patagonia

Northern Patagonia is Wild

Despite the Chilean government’s 50-year quest to colonize Northern Patagonia (there are fences everywhere indicating who owns what), it is still a wild place. On January 14, Alice, Kaleb, and I set off...

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13. 01. 2014
Driving the Carretera Austral in Patagonia

Sensory overload on the Carretera Austral

I met Alice and Kaleb on January 12 at the Balmaceda airstrip at the northern edge of Patagonia. Pascale, a kind French woman who spends half the year in Patagonia and the other...

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12. 01. 2014
Driving off the map in Chiloe

Top Secret Chiloe

After having our minds blown on our first day in Chiloe, Beth and I set out to explore more of the fabulous little island on the afternoon of January 11. We spent the...

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10. 01. 2014
Penguins on Chiloe

Chiloe will blow your mind

We headed southwest from Puerto Varas to Pargua and drove straight onto a Cruz del Mar ferry to cross to Chiloe. A group of sea lions welcomed us to the harbor, and we...

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08. 01. 2014
The road to Volcan Osorno

Playing in the shadow of Volcan Osorno

I spent three days in Puerto Varas with my friend Beth exploring the area around Lago Llanquihue and admiring and experiencing Volcan Osorno from every angle. Beth arrived from Costa Rica on the...

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05. 01. 2014
Volcano views from Puerto Varas

Driving the Pan American Highway

A nice guy from the Europcar office in Temuco dropped a Nissan Xtrail off at my hotel in Villarrica this morning, and I made my way to the famous Panamericana (Pan American) Highway...

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04. 01. 2014
Summit of Volcan Villarrica

Sledding down Volcan Villarrica

I climbed an active volcano today with the excellent folks at Summit Chile and then sledded most of the way down. It was an incredible experience. Claudio, the owner and lead guide, picked...

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03. 01. 2014
Mountain biking down Volcan Villarrica

Hanging on for dear life

I was wandering around Pucon on the afternoon of January 2 finalizing arrangements for my climb of the Villarrica Volcano with the kind folks at Summit Chile when they suggested I head a...

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01. 01. 2014
Entering Lung Fung Chinese Restaurant in Santiago

New Years Eve in Santiago

Santiago is a ghost town on New Years Eve. I took the photo above at rush hour, standing in the middle of a normally busy boulevard. Half the city absconds to Valparaiso for...

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30. 12. 2013
The Hills of Valparaiso

Wandering around Valparaiso

There are few things I enjoy more than wandering around interesting places, camera in hand, and Valparaiso is one of the most visually interesting places I’ve visited — paradise for curious photographers. Also,...

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29. 12. 2013
Sandboarding in the Atacama Desert

Who needs snow?

After two days of mountain biking and a late night stargazing excursion in the desert, we decided to haul ourselves out of bed and tackle one more activity in San Pedro de Atacama...

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28. 12. 2013
Jen floating in Laguna Cejar

The saltiest water on Earth

I didn’t expect to find water in the Atacma Desert, reputedly the driest place on our planet, so it was a bit of a surprise to spend the bulk of December 28 riding...

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27. 12. 2013
Entering Devil's Canyon

Stumbling on Incas

After refueling following our morning ride through Valle de la Luna, we saddled up again and headed out of San Pedro de Atacama with Leo to the Catarpa Valley for a mountain bike...

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27. 12. 2013
Pausing to catch breath

Mountain biking on the Moon

Jen, Clark, and I woke up early on December 27 and met Leo and Walter from Rutas Andinas for a mountain bike ride through the Valle de la Luna (Valley of the Moon)....

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25. 12. 2013
Abandoned schoolhouse in Humberstone, Chile

Chilean ghost towns

I am a total sucker for urban ruins and abandoned places, so I was very excited to spend December 25 exploring two fascinating spots in the Chilean desert. Northern Chile has long had...

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23. 12. 2013
After surfing Playa Chinchorro

Finding peace in the swells of Playa Chinchorro

I have long wanted to surf. In fact, that’s one of the reasons we found ourselves in Arica for a few days at the start of the trip. The surfing in Arica is...

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21. 12. 2013
Overhead view of Arica beaches

Relaxing and Exploring Arica

Arica is Chile’s northernmost city, a legacy of the War of the Pacific. The town is perfectly situated along several nice stretches of beach, and the ocean is as warm here as it...

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02. 09. 2013
2013 Shenandoah 100 Finish

Shenandoah Mountain 100 Race Report

I completed the epic and amazing Shenandoah Mountain 100 mile mountain bike race on Sunday, September 1st, 2013. You can view the details of the ride here. I can’t thank my support crew...

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