Category Archives: Bad Asses

How to Survive a 1,000-Foot Fall [X Marks the Splat]

Posted by Christian DeBenedetti in Amateur Hour, Bad Asses, Close Calls, European Delights, Mountain Madness, Off The Map, Survival, X Marks the Splat | Leave a comment

He fell off with his ice axe tied to the back of his rucksack. “I remember at the start of it, from when I first slipped, trying to slow my speed; trying to slow myself down so I could hopefully stop. Every time I started to slow myself down I would go over a cliff and pick up speed again and as this process continued, I just kept going.” Continue reading

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Kasonga Through the Back Door [For Love or Money]

Posted by Christian DeBenedetti in Bad Asses, Books + Media, Close Calls, Drive Like Hell, Hotel Hell, Human Sacrifice, Off The Map, Road Warriors, Survival | Tagged | Leave a comment

“Oh yes, we have Ciprofloxacin,” says the woman behind the drugstore counter. “You have typhoid?” “Not yet. There’s always hope.” I’m a little cranky after a bone-cracking day in the back seat of a bus crossing southern Tanzania, followed by … Continue reading

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Next Stop For Charlie [Tuning In]

Posted by Christian DeBenedetti in Bad Asses, Books + Media, Close Calls, European Delights, Hotel Hell, Mountain Madness, Off The Map, Road Warriors, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

From the makers of Last Stop for Paul comes a new tale—actually, a whole series of made-up tales on Showtime—about what it’s like to go off the rails completely in search of something important while traveling. In the case of … Continue reading

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He Took The Road Insanely Traveled By [Books + Media]

Posted by Christian DeBenedetti in Bad Asses, Books + Media, Close Calls, Drive Like Hell, European Delights, Hotel Hell, Human Sacrifice, India, Mountain Madness, Off The Map, Road Warriors | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Dear Readers, as you head into that great American tradition, a long, lost weekend of drunken pyromania family, friends, and tasty BBQ, take a minute to consider the less fortunate, like adventure travel writer Carl Hoffman, whose new book  ‘LUNATIC EXPRESS: Discovering … Continue reading

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And From That Day On, They Called Her ‘Grammatador’ [Bad Asses]

Posted by Christian DeBenedetti in Bad Asses, Close Calls, European Delights, Human Sacrifice, La France, Run or Die, When Animals Attack | Tagged , , | 1 Comment

I was on vacation in France in September 1999 when my friends and I headed south to a wonderful small town called St. Remy de Provence.  We happened to arrive just before their “Ancient Festival” in late
September where the locals, dressed in traditional outfits, … Continue reading

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Over The Edge [The Abyss]

Posted by CDB in Bad Asses, Close Calls, Human Sacrifice, Mountain Madness, Off The Map, Survival | Tagged , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

I never thought I had a death wish, but one experience on my recent travels had me reconsidering. I’d been traveling around South-East Asia by myself on a break from my studies to see the world. One day I decided … Continue reading

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Dumbo Strikes Back [Call of the Wild]

Posted by CDB in Bad Asses, Books + Media, Close Calls, Human Sacrifice, Survival, When Animals Attack | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Gabon, New Year’s Eve, 2002: She was about seven feet at the shoulder, with sixteen-inch tusks, and weighed two tons. I used to have zero fear. Zero. I could walk up to any elephant I saw. So when she charges, … Continue reading

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The Dixon Exit [Mother Nature Wins Again]

Posted by CDB in Bad Asses, Books + Media, Close Calls, Human Sacrifice | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

I was floating somewhere off the northernmost coast of British Columbia when my 17 foot sea-kayak was overtaken by a friendly gang of Canadian charter fisherman. “Looks like you been on quite a trip, eh?” the apparent leader said, studying … Continue reading

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