Getting High in '15: Gleaming the Cube Point

Getting High in ’15: Gleaming the Cube Point

In GLEAMING THE CUBE, Christian Slater is a counter-culture derelict, a skate rat tasked with taking down an international gun smuggling ring attempting to arm the existing NVA troops as a way to avenge his murdered brother. And while in the end his skate rate brothers help him out by...
Getting High in '15: Laurel Canyon Corn Harvest

Getting High in ’15: Laurel Canyon Corn Harvest

For proof of global warming, you only have to look at my last few snowboarding seasons. In 2013 my last day on my board was in June. In 2012, I made it to May before a rapid melt wreaked havoc on a deep snowpack. And this year the snowfall ended...
Getting High in '15: Throw Back Slack In Honor of Old Friends

Getting High in ’15: Throw Back Slack In Honor of Old Friends

Introspection versus retrospection. I just recently told my brother they’re essentially one and the same and anybody who thinks otherwise is a damn fool and I stand by that. Introspection, looking inside at yourself, is really an analysis of the person you’ve become after the journey of life so far....
GETTING HIGH IN '15: A Spoon Couloir full of sugar

GETTING HIGH IN ’15: A Spoon Couloir full of sugar

Dismal snow conditions have befallen the Tetons. Hell, for the most part they’ve befallen the skiing world — in a sign that God Himself hates the Patriots, their Super Bowl win was followed by the most blistering snowstorms in modern history in Boston, a city that doesn’t revolve around being...
If a regular picture's worth a thousand words ...

If a regular picture’s worth a thousand words …

… our Instagram is worth at least a few thousand pictures. From indelible mountain majesties to technicolor concert strobes to gleaming cities all over the world, we live our lives with one basic goal — to suck the juice out of nearly every second we have on this planet. Follow...
Getting High in '15: Sliver Me Timbers or A Teton Classic with a Powdery Digestif

Getting High in ’15: Sliver Me Timbers or A Teton Classic with a Powdery Digestif

Ten years ago I was watching a flick from Darrell Miller’s Storm Show Studios  in the frontier days of splitboarding, before Sparks bindings and Jones Snowboards. Hell, I think people were just using those rotten approach skis or snowshoes back then. They snowboarded the Sliver couloir in the movie, a thin...
Getting High in '15: Variable, leftover Turkey

Getting High in ’15: Variable, leftover Turkey

In my former life squeezing in a workout before work meant doing some bench press, squats, balance board work, maybe even a quick run down the concrete of Hollywood and Silverlake. But in the first week of the new year 2015, it came to mean something completely different — a...
Top 10 Reasons the Future is Now

Top 10 Reasons the Future is Now

In BACK TO THE FUTURE II, a young vest-wearing skater travels from 1985 to the wild future of — 2015. Like many other works of prognosticating art, that future is upon us without most of the cool stuff we’d been promised. But if Robert Zemeckis’ embarrassing motion capture films have...
Getting High in '14: Father and son take on the Indian

Getting High in ’14: Father and son take on the Indian

When you’re a son, you want to make your father proud. When you’re a father you want to make your son proud. And all along you want to continue living the life of an ambitious man. Even more, you want to be part of raising a son who will enjoy...
When the Ruling is Unruly

When the Ruling is Unruly

 I thought writing this would be a lot more difficult, but I guess my disdain for domestic violence overshadows my passion for the Ravens. OK, so this isn’t going to be that easy seeing how very few things surpass my love for the team. I think the NFL, specifically Goodell,...
Tommy John: Haunting Major League Baseball

Tommy John: Haunting Major League Baseball

In January, I went to a strength and condition/injury prevention seminar hosted by the Washington Nationals. The strength stuff was pretty straightforward and covered how to work with pitchers and position players differently. When talking about injury prevention, it was all about the pitcher’s arm. There was nothing about how...
The Beauty of the Hunt (and Ugliness of Ignorance)

The Beauty of the Hunt (and Ugliness of Ignorance)

It’s a strange world, that’s for sure. In the past few weeks, we’ve seen two women vaunted to the dream world of modeling — one a college cheerleader, the other simply a hot Belgian slim captured on a jumbotron during the Copa Mundiale (a la Pamela Anderson’s discovery during a...
Eat A Liquid Lunch — Sessioning Wyoming's Infamous Surf Spot, Lunch Counter

Eat A Liquid Lunch — Sessioning Wyoming’s Infamous Surf Spot, Lunch Counter

Wind and water, those are essential to surfing. Without a heavy heaping of both there’s no such thing as a surfable wave, so they say. But a man constantly searching for the great magnet will learn, eventually, “they” are wrong. About everything. “They” are a bunch of goddamn liars, so...
#yesallwomen are smart enough to reject a well-dressed psycho

#yesallwomen are smart enough to reject a well-dressed psycho

This is a disturbing world in which we live. It always has been — HOSTEL and SAW mostly pulled from medieval tortures that were administered in front of a cheering crowd. But this recent Santa Barbara tragedy has disturbed me more than almost anything in recent history and if you’re...
Drugs, Latenights and Cocksmanship Is a Sign of Brilliance

Drugs, Latenights and Cocksmanship Is a Sign of Brilliance

For years I’ve been touting this theory. Maybe not touting it as much as simply espousing it. The idea that the smartest, greatest men in our society don’t sleep, do lots of drugs and get after the strange. Now, there’s scientific data backing me up. Esquire no less published the...
Baseball's Worthless Stat

Baseball’s Worthless Stat

A team or player can work hard and play competitively, but professional sports comes down to the win. Dan Marino’s career will always have that asterisk. Tiger Woods’ race for the most Majors will continue. Marc Jackson has progressed the Warriors to a solid contender but because they didn’t win...
Getting High in '14: The Hunt for the North Face (of Hunt)

Getting High in ’14: The Hunt for the North Face (of Hunt)

Life in the high alpine is all about the hunt. For millenia it was about the hunt of animals, food, sustenance, yes, the meat of life. And occasionally huckleberries and morels. We still hunt for meat. Some hunt for forage. We hunt for new adventures, new lines, new conditions, new...
Getting High in '14: Sucked into the Black Hole Couloir, North Tetons

Getting High in ’14: Sucked into the Black Hole Couloir, North Tetons

The baby alarm clock works — his screaming has me up at 3:30, enough time to feed him, cook breakfast, get on the gear, out the door by 5:15. Jump into Phil’s truck at the town visitor center and take off into the chilly darkness, speaking little, letting the Dead...
A Day of Welding: Metal Shop Fantasy Camp

A Day of Welding: Metal Shop Fantasy Camp

I woke up Saturday morning refreshed. It felt like the first day of spring though it was only in the high 40’s. After a winter of Polar Vortexes and constant snow paralysis, the warmth of the sun felt damn good. I made breakfast and coffee, worked a little on my...
EATING FAT: THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE PARTIALLY HYDROGENATED

EATING FAT: THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE PARTIALLY HYDROGENATED

The consumption of fat, particularly saturated fat, has been an important topic with regard to cardiovascular and overall health. For the past few decades, doctors have warned us that too much saturated fat can lead to heart disease and obesity. Here’s a jazzy set of guidelines from the 1980s. Because of these warnings, doctors told us to...
Musical Revelations: GKmC — A Breakdown of Kendrick Lamar's Epic Poem, pt. 1

Musical Revelations: GKmC — A Breakdown of Kendrick Lamar’s Epic Poem, pt. 1

In honor of the 1-year anniversary of the most epic poem to ever come out of South Central, weat Man’s Ambition are breaking down the narrative genius of Kendrick Lamar’s GOOD KID, m.A.A.d. CITY. Music came from storytelling and religion. The religious folks used chanting and harmony to lift their...
LiveWatch — The Future of Security

LiveWatch — The Future of Security

As the clock continues to tick towards the US crashing into the debt ceiling, America’s future is in flux. Most likely both sides will come to an agreement and the ceiling with be raised, but if our government decides to let our country default, not only the US but the...
The Grand: Before and After

The Grand: Before and After

    Before Finally, the clock struck 5:30pm. It was the last day at the office before my annual mountain climbing vacation and my body was pulsating with an energy that had lain dormant for all too long. After ensuring my colleagues were up to date with my projects and...
Wyoming Gold: Flying in the Wilderness

Wyoming Gold: Flying in the Wilderness

  Since moving west seven years ago, I’ve had an undying hunger to lose myself in the mountains.  Whether exploring deep into the snowy backcountry by splitboard or bushwhacking with only a rucksack for days on end, the lessons learned by listening to nature have been monumental on my character...
Delusions of Grandeur: Summitting America's Iconic Grand Teton

Delusions of Grandeur: Summitting America’s Iconic Grand Teton

A shot of silence with a fear back. It burns down the gullet and sits heavy in the gut. We watch the guide take his clients over. He’s wearing shorts and smiling. We’ve got on our puffys and heavy fleeces and we’re freezing. Phil and his pregnant wife come strolling...
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Getting High in '15: Reaching the (Baxter's) Pinnacle

Getting High in ’15: Reaching the (Baxter’s) Pinnacle

“You can really smell the wildfires here.” “Yeah. Maybe the mountains trap the smoke or something.” I’m disentangling Dan’s rope in the String Lake parking lot and then recoiling it in an orderly way as the newest intrusive tourists to Jackson Hole, this time smoke particles from wildfires in Washington, Oregon, Alaska, California, Idaho that...
Getting High in '15: Following Yvon's Lead (Mostly) up Chouinard Ridge

Getting High in ’15: Following Yvon’s Lead (Mostly) up Chouinard Ridge

“Maybe traverse right.” “Does it look better over there?” “Yeah.” A thin ledge half the width of my foot runs to my right underneath a bulge of rock with few facets or crimps. Ahead of me is an off-width crack that goes overhanging as it goes up. To my left is a blank wall. Behind...

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  Alright, I think we have finally found the truest and closest resemblance to an actual hoverboard. It’s always been every kid’s dream to have a skateboard that they can ride on any terrain, including and especially water, since seeing Back to the Future. I mean has any other transportation device been as iconic as...
The Germans Don't Know How to Speak Greek

The Germans Don’t Know How to Speak Greek

Austerity. One of the most flawed economic philosophies in the history of political governance. Because that’s what impositions of austerity usually boil down to. You’d be hard-pressed to find many respected economists who support austerity policies. Especially as a longterm solution to depressions and joblessness. Anybody with half a brain could explain why austerity doesn’t...
Don't Do It Disney

Don’t Do It Disney

Calm down Disney. Seriously, you need to relax. Don’t turn Star Wars into some Super Hero franchise because it’s beyond that.  Thanks to two spinoffs and a new movie, my only fear is that the extensive and mysterious Star Wars world will get diluted. I’m truly excited for Star Wars: Episode VII- The Force Awakens....
How the NFL Puts Laws Grounded in Racism Ahead of its Players' Well-Being

How the NFL Puts Laws Grounded in Racism Ahead of its Players’ Well-Being

Datone Jones, the Packers’ First Round Pick last year, won’t be showing up for the season opener against nemesis Bears. That’s because he bought some weed just after their painful playoff loss last year, got caught, and in return the league suspended him. There’s a lot in there. First off there’s the general absurdity that...
Because Even Maps Should Get Rowdy

Because Even Maps Should Get Rowdy

    Climbing is officially taking its place atop the extreme sports pinnacle. The Dawn Wall. Various hipster commercials. VALLEY UPRISING. Now, in cooperation with Google and the people who did said rad climbing doc – and, of course, with climbing “it” boy Alex Honnold – Google maps has mapped every step of the climb...
The Valley May Rise So You Can Fly - But Should You?

The Valley May Rise So You Can Fly – But Should You?

Joby Ogwyn will never wing suit off Everest. Not only is the mountain currently going through a radical identity crisis, unable to decide whether it wants to be extreme place where death haunts every corner vs. extremely expensive but relatively safe ultimate adventure. There’s more money in the latter. But that would take it even further...
The Valley May Rise and You Can Fly Down - But should you?

The Valley May Rise and You Can Fly Down – But should you?

Joby Ogwyn will never wing suit off Everest. Not only is the mountain currently going through a radical identity crisis, unable to decide whether it wants to be extreme place where death haunts every corner vs. extremely expensive but relatively safe ultimate adventure. There’s more money in the latter. But that would take it even...
GoPro or Go Home - And Take Home $20K

GoPro or Go Home – And Take Home $20K

While there are few things more gapetastic than some geek skiing blue-square groomers with a GoPro mounted on their helmet, the ubiquitous extreme sports POV cam has revolutionized how we see what the most badass among us can accomplish. While the videos are near-endless and it’s nearly impossible to pick out even a top 10,...
EMBRACING THE BLOAT (This goes out to all my skinny brethren)

EMBRACING THE BLOAT (This goes out to all my skinny brethren)

I’m trying to gain weight. Yes, you read that correctly. I’m trying to GAIN weight. I know, it goes against what just about everyone else in the United States is thinking when it comes to their body composition, but there’s a good reason: I’m training for my first powerlifting competition. Not every powerlifter tries to...

“He’s Not Coming Back”

  Holy Shit, the new Point Break trailer has finally been released. If you grew up in the 90s, you know the greatness of Kathryn Bigelow’s movie. It’s one of those classic flicks that I can never get tired of. It had the action, extreme sports, strong characters, and the perfect amount of philosophy that...