Category Archives: Books + Media

The Death Grin [Surgical Tourism]

Posted by Christian DeBenedetti in Adding Insult to Injury, Books + Media, Close Calls, Hotel Hell, Human Sacrifice, Off The Map, Survival | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

The dentist grinned at me. He was missing teeth. Several teeth. He stood in front of a small, sturdy building in a dusty town in southwestern China, sharpening some kind of crude metal tools on a stone wheel. Like his … 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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Of French Vipers & The Disappearing Path [European Delights]

Posted by Christian DeBenedetti in Books + Media, Close Calls, European Delights, Hotel Hell, Human Sacrifice, La France, Mountain Madness, Off The Map, Survival, When Animals Attack | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Reaching the top of Sanetsch Pass, long used for trade and warfare, it became impossible to find the Via Alpina until we dropped into a dairy farm for directions and found a sympathetic ear. The farmer, dressed in her white … 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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Never Thirst [Life or Death]

Posted by Christian DeBenedetti in Books + Media, Human Sacrifice, Survival | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Here’s some straightforward handy advice from Mick Conefry‘s new book, The Adventurer’s Handbook: From Surviving an Anaconda Attack to Finding Your Way Out of a Desert. Read it, or risk dying of thirst next time you get lost in the … Continue reading

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Magic Answers [Rites of Passage]

Posted by Christian DeBenedetti in Books + Media, Close Calls, Drive Like Hell, European Delights | Tagged , , | 1 Comment

A spooky, beautiful essay from past contributor Kate Erickson on the power of travel, happenstance horror, accidental reveries, and becoming a New Yorker. I hated the dogs— two wobbly, stubborn labs I had not expected to be walking every weekend … Continue reading

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Reel Trouble [Con Phishing]

Posted by Christian DeBenedetti in Books + Media, Close Calls, The Old Bait and Switch | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

It was a fine day for fly-fishing on the Big Wood River in Ketchum, Idaho last July. However, in calf-deep water, I slipped and completely lost my rod and reel. Gone. Disappeared. I’m in the outdoor industry and the gear … Continue reading

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Unhand That Parchment! [Lost & Found]

Posted by Christian DeBenedetti in Books + Media, Close Calls, The Old Bait and Switch | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment

In the new non-fiction book Lost Rights: The Misadventures of a Stolen American Relic, David Howard retraces the surreal travels of an original, handwritten copy of the Bill of Rights. The 221-year-old document was stolen by an infantryman in Sherman’s … 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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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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