Take a Hike for Enlightenment

I hiked the Grand Canyon recently with a group of buddies. We walked down the South Kaibob trail on a Saturday morning, camped by the Colorado River, and then hiked out Bright Angel trail on an early Monday morning. Never having done this before, I made some important discoveries. One, as somebody who’d like to learn more survival skills, it was key having folks who...

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Spartan Sprint

That’s me finishing the Spartan Race I signed up for long ago with my friend, Sean McMannus.  We ran it on a Saturday morning in February.  Arizona mornings are cold, especially this one.  You don’t feel it while you’re running. Until you step in water to your waist and climb a 25 foot rope, that’s when you start feeling the cold – in the slosh of your...

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Train Like a Spartan

I have a friend, let’s call him Sean McMannus. He’s an imposing guy, standing 6’3” and every ounce a Scot from the Highlands. You’d almost expect him to have blue paint on his face, lift his kilt, smile and then take your head off with a giant claymore. In all honesty, he’s really just a large teddy bear who’s always laughing and joking. He’s much happier...

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May I Suggest Rock Climbing?

During summer break, I had the good fortune of taking my family rock-wall climbing. Actually, it’s better to say that my wife Sara planned the logistics (including discounted Groupons—love her) for all of us to go. I happened to be along for the ride, and it was an absolute blast! Not only did our entire family have fun together with very little bickering (not an...

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Miracle Mushrooms for Athletic Performance

I remember the 1984 Summer Olympics held in Los Angeles. I was 16 at the time. Carl Lewis and Edwin Moses made history by winning gold medals in track and field. Mary Lou Retton received perfect scores in her final events, culminating in the first American woman winning an individual gold medal for gymnastics. Michael Jordan, Patrick Ewing and Chris Mullin were on the...

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