We picked the Olympics clean—compiling a list of the Who, What, When of Sochi.
The Sochi Winter Games will inevitably hold some memorable moments for our American athletes. Boasting the largest team in Winter Olympic history, there will be 230 of our red, white, and blue testing their talents against the world’s best in 15 disciplines. Providing a healthy mix of youthful newbies, podium favorites, crafty veterans, and even a few cross-sport ad-ons, our American squad is looking to top the medal count.
We have compiled a run down of this year’s games. From our favorite athletes to the most anticipated events, we did our due diligence in scoping out the best of what’s to come. Blink and this three week quadrennial global celebration (fancy, right?) will be over, so take our advice and get your remote ready for a DVR spree, the games are about to begin.
The story of four climbers’ first ascent up fickle and fiendish Denali’s south side.
In the 1956 edition of Mountain World, Bradford Washburn said that approaching McKinley from the south was so continually steep and difficult, and so exposed to the full force of the southwesterly storms that none but the most uniformly experienced and powerful team of climbers should even think of attempting it.
He caveated: I mention it here…because to omit it would be to sidestep the greatest remaining pioneer ascent in North America.
Romance. Intrigue. And lots of love. Our foolproof plan for a memorable V-Day.
Boo, schmoo, punkin' brewster—whatever you call her, when it comes to Valentine's Day, you're going to need a game plan that'll knock her socks off (and hopefully more).
And since actions speak louder than words, we've put together a playbook of sorts to help you properly wine 'em, dine 'em, and key lime pie 'em; not to mention, our Valentine's Day Shop for Her and Him.
Single? Turn our playbook into a drinking game (e.g. "roses" = a sip, "cupid" = a handle—joke).
A pair of photographers chronicle the lives of the West’s toughest citizens: cattle ranchers.
In a way, this project fell into our lap. Pulled straight from the suburbs, wide-eyed and soft-handed, we had landed a job touring and photographing ranches for Beartooth Capital. This wasn't your average road trip or photo gig.
The grassy hillsides of southwest Montana called our name—we had reached our long lost home, and found our purpose photographing a disappearing way of life: cattle ranching.
“Drive out, heat it up, go fishing, cook the fish, read a book…” sounds just right.
Read the full post for our exclusive interview with Nido designer Robin Falck.
When it comes to building your own cabin getaway on your own property, there's one hard and fast rule: go small or go home. Finnish designer Robin Falck remembered this when he made his cabin Nido. He kept it under 90 square feet to avoid being subject to any of the local building codes. Perhaps most impressive, he completed the entire project in two weeks.
The final result is a testament to Finnish ingenuity and the beautiful simplicity of Nordic design.
Unearthing the dark and brooding landscape of a raw and wild Patagonia.
Patagonia, in our minds, always had a chirpy, technicolor feel. But, through the lens of Neels Castillon, a Paris-based photographer and film maker, the black hills of Chile and Argentina are much darker. In fact, they're borderline menacing. It made us reassess: how much do we actually know about Patagonia—beyond the Yvon Chouinard legends and the ethos of a Ventura-based company? We feel familiar with area, but in reality, we're disconnected from it, in any raw sense.
So, we reached out to Neels, who recently returned from a trip through the heart of Patagonia. He's captured some incredible photographs of his time down there, encapsulating a mood of the region that's a stark contrast from our colorful fleeces. It's a Patagonia that's brooding, mysterious, and unmistakably wild. His thoughts, below.
A sneak peak at potentially the best part of the Super Bowl—the commercials.
Soon enough it will be Sunday, and the biggest game of the year will have everyone in the country glued to the television. Whether it is the game, the food, or the excuse to get a little sauced that has you pumped for this weekend – there is one thing that we can all agree on: this marks the one time in the whole year that we actually ENJOY the commercials.
Advertisers have gotten so good at what they do that have many of us (those who aren’t Seahawks or Broncos fans) are more excited to watch the ads than we are the game. Sure there is the half time show, but Janet sort of ruined the chance of any new surprises, and for all we know the lights could go out again. So we decided to give you guys a sneak peak of the show between big show, the pièce de résistance, the water cooler material for Monday morning- after all, why should we wait?
This dog followed Sebastian Wahlhuetter for an entire week in the Himalayas.
This dog just appeared out of nowhere and followed us for an entire week during our trekking trip in the Himalayan outback. He always used to sleep in front of our tent and guarded us in the nights. When I decided to get up at 4 a.m. to climb the next 5000 m peak for sunrise he accompanied me as well. On the top he was sitting for the entire 30 minutes on this place looking straight into the countryside. I'm normally quite reserved towards dogs, but this one became a real friend to me. – S.W.
Sebastian Wahlhuetter was on the front page earlier this week. Of Reddit. But amid the wash of Redditors rushing to give the Upvote, no one knows his whole story. So, we caught up with him to hear of the adventure that went into the taking of his viral picture.
From Movnat to a melting home, this week’s Diversions + Tunes has it all.
1. CARRY ROCKS, GET FIT: A primer on Movnat by the guy who started the movement, Erwan Le Corre. / Art of Manliness
2. THE 2014 TOUGH GUY: Barbed wire, cuts, scrapes, burns, dehydration—and that's just the tip of the iceberg. / The Atlantic
Remembering the great cold weather games on the gridiron.
The NFL has never specified a temperature at which it’s too cold for football. Which means, for a sport that starts its playoffs in the heart of winter, there have been some pretty important games that have been played in pretty cold conditions.
If this Sunday’s forecast holds, Super Bowl XLVIII will be the coldest outdoor Super Bowl ever played. While the should-Super-Bowls-be-played-in-cold-weather debate continues, we thought we’d revisit some of the big games that have been played in the most challenging of elements.
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