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    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...
    Love, fractally

    Love, fractally

    Simon Beck is back at his winter home at Les Arcs, the French ski resort, stomping more extraordinary designs into the snowy landscape. Beck, a self-employed map-maker from the south of England, laboriously paces out his complicated artworks, spending about 10 hours on each. Then he takes a photograph or two…and waits for his masterpiece...
    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...
    Lonnie Dupre is back on Denali

    Lonnie Dupre is back on Denali

    Lonnie Dupre, the AARP-eligible adventurer who has focused on solo-climbing Denali in January, is currently taking his third run at the mountain.Two years ago, he made it to 17,200 feet–“just hours from the summit”–before bad weather intervened. Last year, even nastier weather pinned him down at a lower altitude. This time, he’s making the ascent...
    Fauja Singh: don’t want to look, can’t turn away

    Fauja Singh: don’t want to look, can’t turn away

    When you’re, say, 50, it’s easy to feel like you’re dull. Uninteresting. You can feel invisible. So when you find something that puts you in high relief, that gives you an identity—especially if you excel at it and it demonstrates what a complete badass you are—you’re going to hold on to it.   No. More...
    You should be embarrassed if you never feel awkward

    You should be embarrassed if you never feel awkward

    You arrive in a new place—say, New York or New Delhi—and you don’t know there’s cheap public transportation from the airport to the city center. You take a cab, pay an exorbitant ransom to be released at your hotel, then realize you could have done it faster/cheaper/more comfortably by bus or subway. But you didn’t...
    “Ageless athlete” profiles: inspiring or just sort of irritating?

    “Ageless athlete” profiles: inspiring or just sort of irritating?

    You have emotions that arise so naturally, so spontaneously that they seem pure and unassailable and right. Justified. Nothing to be ashamed of. But life is rarely that clean and neat for very long. Sometimes emotions are strong and automatic and still you suspect that they are, well, suspect. You’re confused by how you feel,...
    Hell’s troika stops Nyad

    Hell’s troika stops Nyad

    Endurance swimmer Diana Nyad dove into Cuban waters on Saturday with plans to walk up a Key West beach on Wednesday, her sixty-third birthday. Sadly, after covering about half the distance over 60 hours, she has climbed out of the water. This was Nyad’s fourth attempt. Last September, she covered 82 miles (in around 40...
    Duff scuttles plan to row to Iceland

    Duff scuttles plan to row to Iceland

    Chris Duff has called it off. The 54-year-old adventurer and author had hoped to be the first person in modern times to row solo from Scotland to Iceland. He’d made it halfway, landing in the Faroe Islands after  five days of paddling in late May. Now, after six frustrating weeks of waiting for good conditions...
    L.L. Bean's 100-person kayak is ridiculous and splendid

    L.L. Bean’s 100-person kayak is ridiculous and splendid

    L.L. Bean turned 100 in 2011 and even though we’ve turned all the pages in the calendar,making it 2012, the company continues to celebrate. Fair enough. Turning 100 is kind of a big deal. And the celebration isn’t just an exercise in corporate vanity. Bean is also sponsoring the Million Moment Mission: every time someone...
    AARP-eligible sea kayaker at midpoint on Scotland-Iceland row

    AARP-eligible sea kayaker at midpoint on Scotland-Iceland row

    Fifty-four-year-old sea kayaker Chris Duff has finished the first leg of a demanding, 450-mile voyage from Scotland to Iceland. He left the Scottish island of Lewis last Wednesday, rowed 40-50 miles a day and arrived Sunday in the Faroe Islands. This makes him one of the few travelers since St. Brendan to find the Faroe...
    Tamae Watanabe is sitting on top of the world. Again. And Everest claims four others.

    Tamae Watanabe is sitting on top of the world. Again. And Everest claims four others.

    UPDATED: On Saturday, May 18, Tamae Watanabe became—at age 73—the oldest woman to summit Everest. This is an amazing accomplishment because (1) it is Everest, (2) she attacked the mountain from the difficult north face and (3) she broke her own record, set in 2002, when she was a spry 63-year-old. So congratulations to her....