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Gear Review: Camelbak Quantico

Robert Young Pelton is a different kind of backpacker. His travels have taken him to rebel-held territory in South Sudan, up the Amazon on a gunboat with Colombian special forces, and into the hills of Afghanistan to interview Osama Bin Laden. Pelton has strong opinions on gear. When it comes to backpacks, he advises against… Read more »

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Irish Farmhouse – a Sketch

The farmhouse two miles out the Beach  road near Bantry belonged to a man named Jackie. The House was built tight against the road, or maybe before the road, and faces the North Atlantic with two fields between the house and a stone beach. Winter gales from the north and west produce waves powerful enough… Read more »

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Hemingway Collection at the JFK Library

Ernest Hemingway didn’t travel light. His baggage included a modern art collection, books, drinking accessories, an impressive gun collection, and the heads and pelts of his hunting kills. Always on the move, he schlepped it all through three wars, four marriages, two plane crashes, and many homes. His writing style itself left a tremendous paper-trail… Read more »

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A Guide to Kayak Camping — DD Hammocks

My first kayak camping trip was a disaster – a brilliant disaster that got me hooked on the sport for life. Three of us (kids at the time) set out on a bay in the southwest of Ireland, to see how far we could go. Our gear was loaded in bin bags; our pillows took… Read more »

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Gear Review: UDT Fins

UDT stands for Underwater Demolition Team. These are the fins used by the frogmen of the 50s and 60s who preceded the Navy SEALS. UDT fins were state of the art in their day, and although the Navy has since upgraded their technology, the original UTDs remain a coveted piece of kit for bodysurfers and… Read more »

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How to Get Fit When You’re Broke (or in Prison)

Summer’s just around the corner. If you live somewhere other than foggy, body-positive San Francisco, that means beach weather and the pressure to do something about your muffin-top or chicken-legs or man-boobs. If fitness isn’t already a part of your life, you might think a gym is the only place to find it. But the… Read more »

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November Swimming — Cape Cod, MA

It’s a special feeling to see yourself doing the thing that makes you the happiest. I had never seen myself swim until Saeah Lee  came along to test out a new 400mm lens on a chilly dip in the North Atlantic this November. The swim was a short one, just under 1k (against the current,)… Read more »

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Adventures of Justin, the Most Interesting Man on Instagram

I’m on the phone with Justin Alexander. He’s calling from the roof of a Mexican restaurant where he’s bivouacking (sleeping under the stars) somewhere in the American Southwest. He explains that rooftops are ideal for urban camping. They provide safety and concealment and tend to pick up free wifi–tonight he’s getting his from the chain… Read more »

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San Diego Bodysurfing Guide

Whether you’re trying to make the most of summer blackball rules, or you just look good walking backwards in fins and a speedo: here are the best spots to get womped in San Diego County, from South to North. Read more at Action Life Magazine.