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4June 2021

How to engineer the best experience ever

“I can’t believe our luck.” Back in the early 2000s, Jeff and his friend Tom were exploring the pacific cost of Costa Rica in a beat-up Suzuki Samurai with broken air conditioning and a couple of surfboards strapped to the roof. On the advice of people they’d met in the surf further[...]

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7May 2021

How do guides see terrain differently than the rest of us?

“Well, yes, maybe, but it depends.” That was the most common response I got from Jeff this winter, as I decided to use extra days off to learn more about how decision-making works in the field. I finally got fit enough to be able to ask an annoying number of questions on[...]

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2April 2021

How will they talk about you?

We were browsing photos with a family friend recently, and came upon this gem of Rudi’s dad Oskar: In the world of the How it started / How it’s going meme, this is such a trip. It’s not just the same stature, same chin, same shoes. Though yup: check, check and[...]

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26February 2021

How to attempt to stay warm at 10,000 feet

“Well, that doesn’t look like an igloo.” No, it sure didn’t. But it was all they had. It was in the first days of January, and a strong temperature inversion meant it was a face-numbing -30C under grey skies in the valley bottom, while being only -1 or -2 in the sun[...]

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