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    Tramps: how travel is like sex

    Tramps: how travel is like sex

    The desire to travel is like the desire for sex. When you aren’t doing it, it seems like the most attractive thing imaginable. If you can’t fulfill your desire for travel—because, let’s say, you are working—it can grow into a mild obsession. Like sex. You start buying travel magazines. You visit travel websites then wipe...
    Trips your children won’t recommend

    Trips your children won’t recommend

    Runestone checked in yesterday with a link to Greenland’s official web site (which just won a Webby Award, which is considered the Oscar of the internet). As a travel destination, we had slotted Greenland pretty far down the list, between Somalia and Cancun. Now we’re less sure. We thought of the island as a frozen...
    Does Alaska hate old people?

    Does Alaska hate old people?

            We were saddened to hear that 50-year-old polar adventurer Lonnie Dupre has abandoned his attempt to be the first person to climb Denali, solo, in the dark frigid Alaskan winter. He’d used up quite a bit of food and fuel being pinned down in his 4×4 snow cave for a week,...
    AARP-eligible adventurer currently attempting first winter solo attempt of Denali

    AARP-eligible adventurer currently attempting first winter solo attempt of Denali

              It’s probably too soon to be talking about Lonnie Dupre’s epic/insane attempt to be the first person to climb the highest peak in North America…in the winter…by himself. He’s still in the early stages of the ascent, at 12,300 feet, so it’s like talking about a no-hitter in the seventh...
    Our vote for the Nat Geo adventurer of the year

    Our vote for the Nat Geo adventurer of the year

              The Age of Exploration—at least geographic exploration—is pretty much over. The white spaces have been filled in, by footprints or by Google Earth. But there is still plenty of adventure out there, and every year National Geographic lets us vote on who has done the best job of firing up...
    Welcome to the democratization of adventure

    Welcome to the democratization of adventure

                        For many years, older adventure travelers all seemed to come from the same slice of humanity: they were all from developed nations that had given them the life savings and pensions that can fund an excursion to New Guinea or Cameroon. (Obviously, they weren’t all...
    The year of the microadventure

    The year of the microadventure

                  By rights, we should hate Alastair Humphreys. He is pretty clearly having more fun than we are, in more exotic locations, with better gear. But it’s very hard to take issue with a person who has such infectious enthusiasm. And we especially like his campaign to make 2011...
    Assisted biking

    Assisted biking

                            Ever biked a road that you frequently drive?  Yes, you have, and on one of those rides, the first time, in a totally nondescript stretch, you grunted, “Where did this soul-sucking hill come from?”   Nothing connects you to topography like a bicycle....
    Adventure racers love the thrill of plodding through the wilderness for four days

    Adventure racers love the thrill of plodding through the wilderness for four days

                        First, let’s establish that only a small percentage of young people should try this. Second, let’s clarify that it is kind of awesome.   If you’ve got the stamina…and some fifty-plus racers do…there are still openings for the Mother Lode 4 Day Expedition Race (September...