Risks, Consequences and the Graph of Life

Age brings wisdom one hopes. I recently turned 49, somehow had a 17th wedding anniversary, and my daughter turned four. I sidestepped many responsibilities of adulthood until I hit my 40’s, and haven’t had a “real” job since the 90’s. I have been fortunate to earn a living based on action and adventure based sports, but it’s not all fist pumps and high fives. I financially support my family in large part through adventure journalism; I go ride dirt bikes, rock climb, alpine climb and enjoy other “risky” outdoor sports and write about my experiences or review gear used in such endeavors.

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Traveling With A Purpose

I’ve always had a passion for traveling, but even more so traveling with meaning. How do we make an adventure meaningful to not just ourselves but the people around us? The answer is simple: volunteer. Traveling is more than just exploring new places, it’s about the connections you make and the difference you can have in other people’s lives.

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Introducing the PAL: a whole new light

A Dallas-based company has invented a modular flashlight unlike anything in the current market. Thirty Third Parallel has made a light that can operate in many different situations from a wearing it as a headlamp for late-night hikes, to wielding it as a flashlight in a blackout.

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Alejandro Medellin
“Oh Wow—I’m Really Going to Have to Do This!”

Recently, I took my mom rock climbing for the first time at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area outside Las Vegas, where she and my dad live. On the drive out, we ran into a good friend of mine. An experienced rock climber and mountain guide, he poignantly told us, “it’s either going to be really fun or really stressful.” All of us laughed (some more nervously than others) and then my mom and I hopped into my dirty pickup truck and headed to the cliff.

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Buy Used Gear from Patagonia and REI

Going gear shopping is an exciting event; looking through multiple aisles of kayaks, boots, climbing ropes and my personal weakness--knives. The next outdoor trip is always around the corner, but gear gets old, breaks or just simply isn't as good as the newer stuff. Although buying new stuff for your next trip sound exciting, going all-out at the gear shop can do some damage on your bank statement. 

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Alejandro Medellin
An Interview with Nick Fuentes

Living on the road as a full-time adventurer seems like an unattainable dream. The need for financial stability and the pull of responsible adulthood grounds many of us, leaving us to live vicariously through social media feeds of those who escape such concerns.

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Sam Anderson
Gear Review: Buri Knife

This past July I attended the Outdoor Retailer show in Salt Lake City, and when I was not running an errand or manning our booth, I was searching for the most impressive gear I could find. After running across what seemed like a hundred clothing brands, I saw the Gear Aid Booth. There was orange everywhere, and prominently featured was the Buri Knife.

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Alejandro Medellin