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May 29, 2015

The Continued Meaning of the First Everest Conquest

To stand atop Mount Everest is to stand at an elevation beyond which any plant grows or any animal lives. It is the exclusive realm of clouds and passenger jets. The peak is actually in the jet stream.

At that level of Earth’s atmosphere, air is less than a third the density of what it is at sea level, yet so cold it could freeze any uncovered skin in a few minutes. And despite the temperature, the sun is more harsh than in a desert at noon on a summer day. For most humans, it would be physical misery and mental delirium to be there. By any account, it is extremely dangerous.

As the sun rose on May 29, 1953, it was still generally considered impossible to climb to the [...]

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February 28, 2015

What We Get Is What We Give Along the Pacific Crest Trail

The gift of wilderness areas is a gift that keeps on giving, providing we give back. If city streets must be maintained, then so must trails. Even the mighty Pacific Crest Trail, that stretches over 2,000 miles through the Sierra and Cascade mountain ranges needs regular upkeep. Maintenance protects it as much from the forces of nature as the march of human feet.

Jack Haskel, trail information specialist for the Pacific Crest Trail Association, tells Well.org a recent clean-up was crucial to a stretch of trail heavily damaged by storms. But it was the work of mostly volunteers, people who regularly walked sections of the trail and had gained so much from it over time, who [...]

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October 10, 2014

Unplug and Reconnect with Nature

It’s the 21st century and everything we do is tied to electronics in some form. Whether it is for work or home, from communication to paying bills, we can do all of it on the various gadgets now available to us. For some, it’s a little difficult to unplug from the constant electronic connection. It doesn’t help if we don’t make an attempt to escape out of our electric environment. So a few weeks ago Pedram invited Michael Yang, Abel James, Alyson Bridge, Alan Christianson, and Alan’s son Ryan out to go hiking at Malibu Creek State Park in California. I tagged along as a cameraman to document the trip.

The wonderful thing that happens when all the electronics are put [...]

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August 20, 2014

Needs vs. Wants with Guest Cliff Hodges

This week Pedram Shojai and Sara Gottfried welcome Cliff Hodges of Adventure Out to The Health Bridge. Cliff runs a survival training program that aims to re-acclimate the 21st century human back to our primal instincts.

When we’re worried about actual survival, how does the list of needs vs. wants shift? Is that coffee still a need to stay awake? Or does it become a need to sustain ourselves. Is the smartphone still important? Or should we worry more about staying warm after the sun sets? What can spending time disconnected from the 21st century out in the woods do for our perspective of the world?



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