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    People in glass lookouts shouldn’t throw the first stone

    People in glass lookouts shouldn’t throw the first stone

    Sometimes that old wine just can’t be decanted into a new bottle.   Case in point: you have some property near Yellowstone. You want to make some money off it, so you build high-end cabins. You put in wi-fi and a flat screen TV and queen beds—equipping them like a modern condo in downtown Seattle...
    No service, no sequester

    No service, no sequester

    You’ve got two weeks off, America, and there’s gas in the station wagon. The tent is packed, along with your camp stove and a jug of DEET. You were thinking of maybe Yellowstone or Yosemite. But now you’re anxious, which is exactly how you’re supposed to start your vacation. But this is a more acute...
    Oldsters one-upping each other at the top of the world

    Oldsters one-upping each other at the top of the world

    On Everest, there’s always someone older coming up behind you   Back in 2008, Japan’s (then) 75-year-old Yuichiro Miura was about to set the record for being the oldest person to climb Mount Everest—until Nepal’s 76-year-old Min Bahadur Sherchan beat him out, getting there one day ahead of him.   There was no trash talking...
    Hiking for thrill-seekers

    Hiking for thrill-seekers

    How did the walkabout become benign?   A hundred-and-some years ago, “a long walk” could have meant raw-boned pioneers thrusting themselves into uncharted territory. Predators, starvation and meteorological calamities. Today, it usually means something so safe you could do it on a first date with a stranger you met through Match.com.   You don’t get...
    High adventure at low altitude

    High adventure at low altitude

    There’s a difference between summer peaks and winter peaks.   In winter, you summit quickly because the peaks you reach are typically found at the end of a chairlift. You start the day at sea level in San Francisco, let’s say, and with a little luck and a tailwind you are standing at the top...
    Before they’re gone: A different kind of bucket list

    Before they’re gone: A different kind of bucket list

    Normally, a bucket list is litany of things you want to see or experiences you want to have before you are no longer of this earth. Or, more precisely, before you are too much of this earth.   Now the Weather Channel has given us a list of things you want to see before they...
    Good advice for older travelers

    Good advice for older travelers

    It’s easy to be irritated with the New York Times “Booming” section, or subdomain, or whatever we are supposed to call it. Like many features aimed at Baby Boomers, it seems to slide easily into the morbid. There are upbeat stories, certainly (like a recent slideshow on attractive women who have decided not to dye...
    Denali wins again

    Denali wins again

        Let’s focus on the success here: climbing solo, AARP-eligible adventurer Lonnie Dupre reached 17,200 feet on Denali, in January. Not to belabor this, but he carried all his food and fuel, alone, to 17,200 feet, in January.   He was planning to reach the 20,320-foot summit today but, as his website reports, “extremely...
    Old Brit wrestles shark, saves children

    Old Brit wrestles shark, saves children

    Oh, you can say it isn’t Jaws. You can point out that the poor animal was probably sickly, possibly dying. But it doesn’t diminish the fact that 62-year-old Welsh grandfather Paul Marshallsea, along with a couple of other old dudes, walked into the ocean off Queensland and harassed a shark until it swam off, apparently...
    We weren’t going to do a New Year’s list

    We weren’t going to do a New Year’s list

    It is a not particularly esteemed journalistic reflex to concoct lists around January 1. I’ll take a risk and say that it started with doing recaps of the past year: the best of, the worst of, the most this or that. Since then it has spread, mostly because it is a lazy kind of way...
    An avalanche of avalanche reportage

    An avalanche of avalanche reportage

    The New York Times has weighed in mightily on last February’s fatal Tunnel Creek avalanche, which took three lives near Washington’s Stevens Pass ski resort. Over six months, a handful of writers and graphic designers and web gurus assembled text, videos, maps, slide shows and sound files. The result is a gorgeous package, by turns...
    104-year-old sets paragliding record

    104-year-old sets paragliding record

    It’s been a good few weeks for achievements by people who are so old that—typically—each new breath would be considered something of a triumph . Fauja Singh finished the London Marathon in late April; he is 101. A week or so earlier, Peggy McAlpine reclaimed the record for the oldest person to take part in a...