Day 4- Hawk Mountain to Ram Rock Mountain

Day 4- there is something sharp in the wall of Hawk Mountain Shelter that pokes up few holes in my down jacket. I will fix it when I get to town.
Privy, breakfast and on to Ram Rock Mountain. I am getting up a little earlier and becoming a little more efficient. Every day I learn something new.
The hike started up hill and I quickly learned I do not like starting up hill and I would rather sacrifice cold nights for morning ascents. ...

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John Turturro Wants to Share His Spinach with You

JOHN TURTURRO WANTS to know why I married my husband. The 62-year-old actor and filmmaker is sitting across from me at Bar Pitti, an Italian spot in New York’s West Village that he has patronized for three decades, dipping bread in olive oil. Thrown off by the intimacy of his question, I blurt something about […]

The 2020 Audi RS 6 Avant Is a Slick, Hardcore Supercar

Car fanatics have been squawking about wagons for years. Though they have ancient associations with agonizing family road trips (National Lampoon’s Vacation movies, anyone?), the genre has also been favored by motorists otherwise repelled by dreaded SUVs and minivans. Fanning the enthusiast flames is Audi’s new RS 6 Avant, a hot-rodded hatch-tail that flips a 591-horsepower […]

Day 3 Springer Mountain to Hawk Mountain

Day 3 I woke  to 17 degrees, frozen pants, hoodie, gloves and something or everything in my water filtration system. The mice found their way to the only food I had left in my backpack. I left it in a mesh shoulder strap bag. Fortunately, the damage was minimal. Below is a picture from my sleeping bag in the shelter.

I put my frozen clothes on over my base layers and they were thawed and dry in no time. ...

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Where You Can Motocross Utah’s Biggest Natural Jumps and Ridgeline Singletrack

Just outside Caineville, Utah, lies Swing Arm City, a 2,600-acre hot spot for off-road junkies. The destination boasts countless hills, precipitous drop-offs, and ridgeline singletrack trails, along with some of the country’s biggest natural jumps. Tom Parsons, a 38-year-old motocross rider, has made the trek there from his Florida home numerous times. One recent August, […]

The Attempt Episode 7: Peter’s Attempt

Benjamin is hiking at his top gear when his friend Peter hops in for a week on the trail
The Attempt is produced by Julia Drachman with help from Doug Beyers. We are a production of Bad Cat Media, created in partnership with The Trek. All music in this episode is from Blue Dot Sessions.  
The Attempt is sponsored by Gossamer Gear, manufacturers of functional ultralight backpacking gear, designed by hikers.

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What Is This Feeling? Nerves Before Hitting the Trail

It’s 15 days until I get on a plane to Atlanta to start my NOBO AT thru-hike. When I sift through Lighterpack and gear lists, when I read The Trek, when I watch hiking videos on YouTube, talk to people about my plans, update logistics and gear—anything that reinforces and reminds me that this is really going to happen—I get this feeling. I guess you could call it nerves, but it’s different than most nerves I’ve ever experienced.  ...

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