Tag Archives: Gravity Wins

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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A Mysterious White Powder [Losing It]

Posted by Christian DeBenedetti in Mountain Madness, Road Warriors | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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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Skiing, South American Style [Road Warriors]

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You know when your friends are out there having a complete, unhinged blast and they email you from the road, fired up on life, making your workday feel even blander? (OK, OK, guilty as charged). Here’s a letter I got … Continue reading

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This Air Bag May Take Your Life [Rough Landings]

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Here’s a yarn from the writer Bill Gifford: Eight friends went hot-air ballooning in the Poconos on a perfect spring day. What could possibly go wrong? I’ve done plenty of stupid stuff that could have killed me, everything from backcountry … Continue reading

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In Pursuit of Booze [Logical Excuses for Missing Work]

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In early May 2009 TheAccidentalExtremist.com traveled to the Scottish Highlands to follow the Drambuie Pursuit, a one-of-a-kind, two-day, nine-stage adventure race open to teams of amateur athletes from around the world. Hundreds of weekend warriors applied, but only 13 four-person teams made … Continue reading

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Brogue Wave [Amateur Hour]

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A surf trip to the Scottish Highlands is not something to be undertaken lightly.  At its North end, Scotland just gives up and falls into the Atlantic.  Beyond that there are the Orkney and Farrow Islands, then the North Pole.  The … Continue reading

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13 Epics of Woe [Hall of Infamy]

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A friend from Outside Magazine, Senior Editor Jeremy Spencer, reminded us of this excellent collection of misadventures he edited four years ago. Featuring the likes of Jane Smiley and Jon Lee Anderson, it’s a ghoulish gallery of murderous hitchhikers, lightning strikes, … Continue reading

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Fly The Fiery Skies [Sulleysque]

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[Here's an amazing yarn from our first octogenarian contributor, Bob Nielson, age 86...we're not worthy! —Ed.] Back in 1960 the Toronto Star sent me to South Africa to report black-white violence.  I boarded an American Airlines 6-propeller plane in New York, which crossed the Atlantic and stopped … Continue reading

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High On Nature [Close Calls]

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A riveting tidbit from Philip James, founder of the social networking+wine site, Snooth.com. — CDB I don’t talk about this too much, but in 2003 I climbed Mount Everest. My friend and climbing partner broke his leg at 28,000 feet. As … Continue reading

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Spin Cycle [Love on the Road, Love on the Rocks]

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On Valentine’s Day 1998 I decided to surprise my new boyfriend with what I imagined would be a romantic and unforgettable helicopter tour of the Mile High City. It was on the way to the airport that I learned of … Continue reading

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