When it comes to adventuring in wild places, I abide by the basic tenets I learned in mountaineering school: Rule number one: Stay alive. Rule number two: Feel good, have fun.

Rule number three: come home with a good story

The Doing of It

It all started when I e-mailed Jon back in February. "Mt. Shasta this May," I said. "Just an idea." That idea turned into a two week road trip through the Cascades, starting in Seattle and ending in San Francisco. Along the way we visited four national parks, hiked over 50,000 feet of elevation change, and reached the summit of two snow-covered volcanoes. The idea of alpine climbing is one thing. The doing of it, we learned, is another thing entirely.

The Georgia Death Race

Welcome to the hardest ultra-marathon (under 100 miles) east of the Mississippi. This point-to-point race in north Georgia, with 40,000 feet of elevation change, is one of a kind. Runners have 24 hours to finish this brutal course by the power of their own two feet. 

Running the Canadian Rockies

Sean Run Bum Blanton is a native of Atlanta, Georgia, but he travels to the Canadian Rockies every summer to summit mountains with his own unique flair and style. "I've gotten to the point where it's somewhere in between rock climbing, mountaineering, and trail running," he says. "No ropes, no axes - nothing like that. Just a pack with a can of bear spray and some food and water."