Category Archives: New Experiences

3 Life Lessons from America’s Toughest Mudder

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Our America's Toughest Mudder Team

I recently ran America’s Toughest Mudder Midwest, and I’ve been talking about it, A LOT. I describe the obstacles, the mileage, and the soreness that followed, but in truth that’s just setting the stage. I’m really talking about the race as context for a greater purpose. I’m not just talking about getting muddy or hypothermic, I’m talking about doing the… Read more »

America’s Toughest Mudder: I’m Not Ready (But I’m Gonna Do it Anyway)

Spartan race

In December 2015 I flew to LA to run a Spartan Race with one of the greatest friends I’ve ever had the privilege of knowing. That experience beat me up a little, but I found it enjoyable in some regards. I also learned a lot from running the Spartan Sprint, about the adventure community and about what I’m capable of…. Read more »

A Guide to Enjoying the Great American Eclipse (for the Unprepared)

Enjoy the Great American Eclipse.

Early in 2017, a friend of mine made plans to head to Southern Illinois to view the upcoming Great American Eclipse. As good friends do, he included my wife and I in those plans, but unfortunately they fell through fairly early on, and I have to confess, I pretty much forgot about the eclipse. That is until my friend Brian… Read more »

Lessons in Microadventure from a Rainy Night of Stealth Camping

Our view while stealth camping

“Ready to go?” my friend Mike asked, as I finished a beer while I sat in his living room. I told him that I was as I made my way towards the door. I tied my boots and started layering up. I finished with a rain coat, then slung my Volta onto my shoulders. Time to go. Typically I don’t… Read more »

Back in Black: Hiking and Rock Climbing in the Black Hills

The Black Hills

Did you ever meet someone and just click? That’s what happened when I met Eric and Alicia at their home in Rapid City. We had interacted a little online, and Clarissa knew Alicia from college, but we were essentially strangers to each other. They had graciously offered to put us up for a few days, and treat us to some… Read more »

Eating Bugs

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Larvets

I ate some bugs the other day. This wasn’t a Bear Grylls tacti-cool experience in the woods; I’ve had that experience and it wasn’t fun. This was different. It was a deliberate choice I made while at the office. I didn’t just eat bugs, I ate bugs with a purpose. Now when you started reading this post, you may have… Read more »

Fitness, Friendship, & Fun: My Experience with Plan For Adventure

Plan for Adventure

It’s a few minutes before we get down to business. About ten of us are milling around, chit-chatting about work or looking at a chalkboard on the wall that holds today’s workout. We recognize the exercises, but not necessarily the formula for how the circuit works out. I shake out my legs and arms a bit. Then Mike shouts, “everybody… Read more »

Four Reasons to Get (or Renew) Your Passport… Not Including Travel Plans

New passport, old passport, passport case

International travel is awesome, and it’s the reason most of us get a passport. But even if you don’t have immediate plans to explore foreign lands, a passport is worth having. Here are four reasons to get a passport, even if you don’t have any plans for international travel.

Rules for Intrepid Living: Rule #37

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Rule #37. Be Yourself.
It sounds cliche, I know. You’ve heard it before (or read it on a cat poster).
Except I don’t mean be who you currently are, I mean be the real you, the version of yourself that you really want to be.
Read on to find out how.

Rules for Intrepid Living: Rule #35

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Rule #35. Overcome your fear.
Everybody gets scared. It’s okay to be afraid, just don’t let that fear stop you.

A New Venture: QC Outside

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Take a Hike: My First Post on QC Outside

Introducing my new venture (and adventure) QC Outside, an outdoor activity blog on Let’s Move QC!

Four Reasons Not To Run a Spartan Race

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Spartan Sprint,mud obstacle

Many thanks to Spartan Race for granting permission to use their photos on my blog. I don’t think this post would have been nearly as interesting without them, so I’m very grateful! On December 6th, I ran a Spartan Sprint with my brother Tim at Castaic Lake State Recreation Area in Southern California. This was my first ever Spartan Race,… Read more »