The Weekly Stoke: Exploring the Yukon, Mount Everest bypass, long run advice and getting paid for biking to work


Greetings to spring breakers and parents of spring breakers! May your week be filled with either sun-kissed beaches or fresh powder. For the rest of us, well, all of that sounds good to me! So let’s get on with the Weekly Stoke…

A woman pulled the ultimate “disappearing act,” then joined the search party that was, well, looking for her. All of this occurred accidentally, of course.

Authorities in Nepal are marketing other high peaks to ease congestion on Mount Everest.

Need some advice on how to tackle your long training runs? This blogger has some good ideas.

This is some good storytelling on exploring the Yukon River.

First of two from Outside Magazine: Some advice on how to balance family life, ultra training and cross training in your life.

And lastly: In some European countries, you can get paid by the kilometer for the mileage you rack up on the daily commute — as long as your commuter vehicle is a bike.

The Weekly Stoke: BASE jumping Mt. Everest, trail running tips, reality TV in Alaska and living simply and in style

Mount Everest. (Wikipedia Commons photo)

Mount Everest. (Wikipedia Commons photo)

Winter won’t let go, but that’s OK. No reason not to get out there and get after it. With that in mind, here are a few stories to get you in the mood for tackling the next big challenge. Let’s do the Weekly Stoke!

Joby Ogwyn has an audacious plan. Part of it involves climbing Mount Everest. The other part: jumping off the summit and flying to base camp in a wingsuit.

A new trend that marries travel and fitness is emerging in cities across the globe: Sight running.

One of two from the Adventure Journal today: A writer looks at the impact reality television is having in Alaska.

Thinking about running your first trail half marathon? Be warned, it ain’t anything like a road race. Here are some tips on how to prepare.

This writer looks at the life of a friend who hasn’t lost perspective on the fact that life should be enjoyed.

And finally, there’s this second offer from AJ: An essay on living simply, being interesting, and doing it in style.

The Weekly Stoke: Adventure in Afghanistan, Grand Canyon goals, Chris McCandless photos and uncommon courage on Mount Everest

The Grand Canyon. (wikipedia commons photo)

The Grand Canyon. (wikipedia commons photo)

Thanksgiving and a big race got in my way a bit lately. But the Weekly Stoke is back! And at a great time. Yesterday was this blog’s second anniversary. I’ll get into more of that at another time, but for now, let’s celebrate Proactiveoutside’s second birthday with some great links for you to read on this cold, snowy day.

There’s “adventure,” and then there’s real adventure. These guys went looking for it in the mountains of Afghanistan. Yes, they climbed some peaks. But they got a whole lot more than that.

Let’s talk challenge. This blogger and outdoor enthusiast has set quite a goal for a rim-to-rim-to-rim hike of the Grand Canyon.

After two decades, the family of Chris McCandless (of “Into the Wild” fame) has released a series of never-before seen photos of this man’s vagabond life in the West and his ultimate end in the Alaskan bush. A book with these photos is forthcoming.

This writer has a good list of things she wants her daughter to know about working out.

Long-distance running star Alberto Salazar has a list of his own, 10 Golden Rules of Running.

And finally, here’s a story about how this woman helped a violent situation on Mount Everest stop short of being deadly.

Enjoy your weekend!

The Weekly Stoke: Tragedy on Everest, kids and nature, running form and the perils of living in a mountain town

Mount Everest's north face. (Wikipedia Commons photo)

Mount Everest’s north face. (Wikipedia Commons photo)

Snows are falling, and people are thinking about the slopes. Elsewhere, fall race season is in full swing. Hopefully you’re gearing up and getting out there. On that note, here’s the latest Weekly Stoke!

Sad news from Mount Everest, where four people were recently killed in a massive avalanche on the mountain’s north side.

A fascinating story with a few surprising findings out of the UK in terms of how much — or little — kids are connecting to nature these days. I’d like to see a study like this expanded here to the U.S.

Are you a heel striker? Mid-foot striker? This piece examines the pros and cons of both running forms.

More fun with science: This story goes a little deeper into how exercise affects the brain.

And finally: Have you ever fantasized about moving out of the ‘burbs and living the dream in a mountain town? Like Durango? Outdoor paradise? Yes. But apparently a housing and job market nightmare. There’s a major downside or two about life in those idyllic mountain towns.

To those of you racing this weekend, best wishes! For the rest of you, get out there and live large.

The Weekly Stoke: Obstacle course races, Mount Everest news, tragedy on Mount Hood, ice climbing and the future of U.S. groundwater

For the younger set, August is the time when you’re gearing for school. The rest of us have been working anyway. And in between that, well, hopefully you’ve been doing something awesome. Speaking of awesome, you need to check out what I’ve got here for you on this edition of the Weekly Stoke!

This diagram from Outside Online should help you pick which obstacle course race you should do:

Outside Online

Outside Online

Authorities in Nepal, hoping to get a handle on the circus that has become the Everest spring climbing season, intend to regulate the mountain more.

A snowboarder’s body was recovered on Mount Hood.

Here is part satire, part truth, in terms of nutrition product reviews.

This report does not bode well for the future of U.S. groundwater supplies.

And finally, a pretty sweet ice climbing video. Enjoy!

The Weekly Stoke: Don’t dump on Denali, violence at Nanga Parbat, surfing glacial waves and a time-lapse video on Everest

Alaska's Denali, North America's highest peak.

Alaska’s Denali, North America’s highest peak.

Well, I’m a slacker. No Weekly Stoke last week, as I was a little too busy being outside. My bad. But we’re back this week with some pretty interesting stories from the world of the outdoors and more. So, without further delay, here’s the latest:

John Krakauer is one of the most famous outdoors writers around (“Into the Wild,” “Into Thin Air”), and Conrad Anker is mountaineering royalty. But even these guys get in trouble when they decide to take a dump on Denali.

Could running 200 miles actually be easier than running 100 miles? This article makes that claim.

One surfer goes to extremes to find the perfect wave. As in the kinds of waves caused by glacial calving.

Gotta hand it to the Taliban. The same guys who have perfected the IED, tried to assassinate a school girl, throw acid on women’s faces and do everything in their power to use violence to lord over others have now lashed out at mountaineers and trekkers. Ten trekkers in Pakistan were murdered near Nanga Parbat, one of that country’s famed 8,000-meter peaks.

More adventure tourism woes: These tourists got stuck on an ice floe and were trapped on it after it broke free.

Here’s a list of six exercises where people often get hurt.

It seems there is some sort of stomach bug going around in Yellowstone.

Lastly, here’s a cool time-lapse video from Mount Everest. Enjoy your time outside!

The Weekly Stoke: Ed Viesturs chimes in, drones, effects of running, the L.A. River and a trail race recap that’ll make you grin

Ed Viesturs (National Geographic photo)

Ed Viesturs (National Geographic photo)

Loads of goodies this week. Mountains, trails and other news, plus two — count em, two! — videos. Time for the Weekly Stoke!

Ed Viesturs is the first American to summit all 14 of the world’s 8,000-meter peaks. He’s summitted Mount Everest several times. And he has an opinion about putting up ladders on Everest’s Hillary Step.

Some things are too spooky to use. At least that’s what it looks like for the Forest Service, which has abandoned a proposal to use drones for monitoring forest fires.

A couple from Outside Magazine: One is about how running might actually help your knees, and another about long-term effects that distance running has on overall fitness.

You might find this hard to believe, but that trickle of water flowing through concrete embankments known as the Los Angeles River is actually home to some pretty good outdoor recreation these days.

UK’s Daily Mail online offers this bit of photographic trail goodness.

I want to introduce you to a trail runner and ultra marathoner who also happens to be one of the more entertaining writers out there. Read Ashley Walsh’s recap of her team’s performance in an 81-mile ultra at the Salton Sea in Southern California.

First of two videos: An amazing look at the Appalachian cicada hatch here:

And secondly, some good running humor:

The Weekly Stoke: Ladders on Everest, running and hunting, fighting off mountain lions and the story of the naked hiker

Mount Everest. (AFP/Getty Images)

Mount Everest. (AFP/Getty Images)

Spring fever is definitely in effect. We’re all planning on what we’ll do over the summer, gearing up for adventures or just trying to do the things that will give us a beach body we can live with. What’s needed to push you to the next level? Something to get you stoked. Like the Weekly Stoke. So let’s go!

A group of elite runners is trying to test the theory that early humans ¬†used “persistence hunting” — that of wearing down prey by chasing them over long distances.

Route-setting groups on Mount Everest are considering installing ladders at the south route’s Hillary Step, the piece of technical climbing just shy of the summit. Some say this will increase safety (wait times at the Hillary Step, a notorious bottleneck during the spring climbing season, can be hours, which endangers idled climbers) but others say it will detract from the challenge of truly climbing the mountain.

Slate has an interesting interview with ultrarunning superman Scott Jurek about what makes ultra runners do what they do.

How do you ward off an aggressive mountain lion? Use your skateboard, of course.

A new report links improved academic performance among kids who are more physically active.

A Colorado hiker proves that yes, you can be so dumb that it’s actually illegal.

And finally, here’s a pretty cool video of what may be the highest altitude BASE jump ever made. Watch and enjoy, and have a fantastic weekend.

The Weekly Stoke: Everest firsts, Mont Blanc speed record, death on El Cap and the best flow chart ever

Been a rough week in terms of the news, so let me offer this break from reality. It’s that time. Time for the Weekly Stoke!

First off, have a look at Brendan Leonard’s flow chart. It’s a work of art, I’m telling ya.


An 80-year-old Japanese climber and extreme skier (and multiple heart surgery patient) became the oldest person to ever climb Mount Everest.

And another first: The first Saudi woman to summit Everest. Yep, it’s that time of year: Everest firsts. Funny thing, though: She can climb Everest, but can’t drive a car or show her face in public in her home country. Hmmm…

For literary mountain folk, it’s time to grieve once again for the demise of the Mountain Gazette. One of the most interesting and genuine publications of its kind. RIP, MG.

And a new record was set on Mont Blanc.

A terrifying piece of news from El Capitan. A deeper report of that incident can be seen here.

And here’s a list of things learned during a trek to Everest base camp by a Portland blogger who was just there.

Have a good weekend, all.

The Weekly Stoke: The mess on Everest, man fights off a bear and one runner’s journey from Boston to Oklahoma City

Mount Everest. (Wikipedia Commons photo)

Mount Everest. (Wikipedia Commons photo)

This edition of the Weekly Stoke is going to have a pretty heavy emphasis on Mount Everest, but plenty of other goodies await. It’s been an interesting week in the outdoors.

First, I’m sure that most people have heard about the fight that happened at Camp 2 on Mount Everest. And there are many conflicting stories about how it went down. In short, three European climbers got in a conflict with Sherpas setting fixed lines on Everest, which led to a brawl in which the Europeans were assaulted by angry Sherpas. The Sherpas claimed the Europeans had ice kicked down on them while rope-setting work was being done.

One of the climbers, Simone Moro, tells the tale in this post.

And here, a second member of the European team, Ueli Steck, describes his version of the events. And it seems as if it was pretty scary. The parties did get together to forge a sort of truce, but many are saying that future incidents like this are not only possible, but likely. It seems the circus that is Everest just took a very dark turn.

A couple weeks after the Boston Marathon bombings, some of the runners who were prevented from finishing that race ran in the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon. CNN’s John Sutter tells the story of one of those runners, and weaves in some other storylines we well.

Here’s a list of the kinds of dudes you don’t want to be.

And then there’s this list — the six most dangerous hiking trails in the U.S.

And finally, the story to end all stories: A man fights off an Alaskan brown bear with nothing more than a tripod and his bare hands. Try topping  that one at the office watercooler!