From the Archives: Trusting someone with a restaurant suggestion is a show of great faith. A good suggestion puts you in the inner circle, a candidate for godfather of the next child, a guy whose name is mentioned behind closed doors, approvingly, with vigorous nodding. Do you want to be in the inner circle?
What's New, Now
Today in Gear: Gustin’s Workshirt, The Bavarian motorcycle from Barn Luck, all-weather Rite in the Rain pencils and more.
Looking for gold at the Leadville Trail 100 MTB
Leadville, CO, is the highest incorporated city in the United States. GP contributor Peter Koch went there for a 100-mile mountain bike race.
Race for Survival
At altitude, you dehydrate more easily, your body has to work harder just to survive and, depending on how high you go, you can be at risk for various degrees of altitude sickness. But sometimes outdoor adventures and competitions call us into the mountains, by bike or by foot. So how do we handle it? Legendary cycling coach Chris Carmichael gives us some tips.
For Better Biking
Take 104 miles of dirt road, pavement and single track; mix in over 12,000 feet of elevation gain; sprinkle in oxygen-deprived mountain air and — voila! You’ve got the Leadville Trail 100 MTB. This is the kit GP’s Peter Koch took with him to best this deceptively brutal course.
New Gear and Stories, Fresh from the Farm
This Week in Sports and Outdoors: a debate about the value of breakfast, a portable hot tub, superior bread, Copenhagen’s bike skyway and more.
Playing Muddy Waters from the Mud
All-weather bluetooth speakers make sure that you have listening options in any climate, on the edge of any pool or in your pack on any adventure. No plug, no jacks, no need to check the weather report. Just durable music wherever you need it. These are the eight best.
A Stranger Collaboration
Seven creatives — filmmakers, photographers and musicians — who had never met traveled to Iceland in 2011 with one purpose: to document beauty. Outliers, Vol. 1: Iceland is the amorphous, unfocused, and impressive culmination of the landscapes, people and traditions they encountered.
How the West was won
One month after he set out from King’s Beach, CA, on a 5,000-mile bike tour of America, GP contributor Will Eginton stood on top of the Continental Divide at Logan Pass in Glacier National Park and reflected on the mountains he’d climbed.
Racing across Costa Rica
From the Archives: Nearly a year after his training began, Dirk Shaw completed the final mission in The Road to La Ruta: 193 miles, 5 mountain ranges, and 23,000 feet of elevation gain. La Ruta de Los Conquistadores. This video captures the journey.
What's New, Now
Today in Gear: A new release from Red Wing’s Heritage Collection, the HTC One is now available with Windows Mobile, Cambridge Audio’s new line of updated wireless speakers and more.
A Brief, of sorts
TravelTeq’s humbly named Trash meets an extremely wide range of needs and wants, and also includes features that you may not need or want — but you can’t argue that they’re pretty cool.
Doesn't sound fun, does it?
Throttling is a term that has snuck up on laypeople all of a sudden, particularly applying to how mobile data is delivered. Rather than just cutting users off altogether once a certain usage level is reached, carriers far and wide are instead putting a chokehold on the speed at which data is delivered. In other words, those who consume too much lightning-fast LTE data may find their emails loading much slower until the next billing cycle. That’s better than no data at all, but it’s a very poor user experience that you’d be wise to avoid.
Breaking Down the Denny City Bike
A new contest-winning commuter bike solves the woes of urban cycling through cleverly simple design.
Jerry's Gold, and Others
Some of the most original and exciting programming today is first written and produced for the web. If this trend has passed you by, here are five comedy web series to get you up to speed.