Tag Archives: Close Calls

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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Reel Trouble [Con Phishing]

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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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India Hour One [Hotel Hell]

Posted by Christian DeBenedetti in Drive Like Hell, Hotel Hell, India, Road Warriors, The Old Bait and Switch | Tagged , , , , , , | 4 Comments

APRIL 18, 2010…After 25+ hours of traveling, my mom and I made it to Delhi from Denver. I was going to volunteer for three weeks, and roped her into a week of sightseeing first.  Although we consider ourselves seasoned travelers, … Continue reading

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Holy Bear [Human Sacrifice]

Posted by Christian DeBenedetti in Human Sacrifice, Uncategorized, When Animals Attack | Tagged , , , , | 6 Comments

To hear most family members tell it, the annual camping expedition of 1997 was a total disaster. First off, we took our local Catholic priest with us. He stole bread and wine—body and blood to most people we knew—from the … Continue reading

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Korth of the North [Radical Self Reliance]

Posted by Christian DeBenedetti in Mountain Madness, Uncategorized, When Animals Attack | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Our friends over at VICE TV have put together a wild documentary anyone thinking they need a break from modern life should watch. As it turns out, there’s pretty much only one way to skin a bear, and it requires … Continue reading

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Like Dogfood For Chocolate [When Animals Attack]

Posted by Christian DeBenedetti in Mountain Madness, When Animals Attack | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment

I lived in paradise: a 500-person fishing village on the pacific coast of Nicaragua, where I taught English and watched the sun set everyday. Problem was, the stores in paradise didn’t sell any chocolate. And, I like chocolate. “A day … Continue reading

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A Mysterious White Powder [Losing It]

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The good thing about skiing in a ghost town is that you have the slopes—and the bar—to yourself. And the bad would be obvious…if you believe in ghosts. Well, I don’t. But one day last spring, I found myself wondering. … Continue reading

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The Traffic Apocalypse [Drive Like Hell]

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I was at the Aga Khan
University in Karachi, organizing a writing workshop, when the call came in. “Oh no,” whispered my colleague. 
”That’s bad. That’s terrible.” She turned to me. “Benazir Bhutto has been assassinated. We want you to go … Continue reading

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Strange Bedfellows [When Animals Attack]

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Writer Jeff Alt sent us an excerpt from from Chapter 24 of his new book, ‘A Walk for Sunshine.’ [Adds Alt: This is my second night hiking the Appalachian Trail.  I’ve assembled camp in a shelter on top of Blood Mountain, Georgia...] I … Continue reading

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Shoulda Gone To Law School [Close Calls]

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Here’s the last of three tales from Greg Dobbs, an Emmy-winning producer and correspondent for 23 years with ABC, taken from his new book, Life in the Wrong Lane – Why Journalists Go In When Everyone Else Wants Out. From the chapter I WAS … Continue reading

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