152 days in 7:00


Some outdoor videos are just better than others. I couldn’t care less about your P.O.V. GoPro of a run down an uneventful intermediate track at a local lift-ride-and-repeat. And even the helicopter/drone/whatever we’re calling them shots are getting irksome. Except this one.

Of course, I’m a hypocrite. Because I have plenty of Facebook images of me climbing and hanging out on the slopes. Whatever. I’m not proud.

Anyway, I’m happy to have found this video of the Pacific Crest Trail (a hike that on average takes 152 days) broken down by each of the 2,650-mile hike’s geographic regions. The music isn’t great but something kept me watching. Maybe it was because I had a shitty morning. In which case, probably any video of the outdoors would have been a welcome respite from my workday woes.

Even the one of you skidding down a blue.

Alex Honnold is right: risk is subjective


Alex Honnold looks frustrated. The word “risk” seems to bother him, and I see his point.

Because it’s all relative.

He starts off by quickly juxtaposing risk with consequence, citing the latter as his primary concern. He states that if you’re an expert at your activity, the level of risk decreases. Frankly, he seems tired of answering the question.

It’s clear that the Black Diamond PR team assembled the questions ahead of time in search of a theme to carry over into additional interviews with other sponsored athletes, not knowing that Honnold would quickly dismiss the concept of risk, rendering the remainder of the interview tedious and rather un-revealing.

Honnold’s points are solid and made even more relevant on the backside of the 2014 Mavericks Invitational, a big wave surfing event at the El Cap of California breaks.

It’s easy to watch from a televised distance and ignore, or be unaware of, rather, the skill being demonstrated on the face of those frothing monsters. We shake our heads, enthralled with the size and conditions, afraid for the riders who don’t make the shoulder or take off too late. But once again, we’re confusing risk with consequence. Maybe for the contestants it’s not as bad as it looks.

What kept me watching the Honnold interview for more than four minutes was how candid and realistic he is about his big wall soloing habits. In fact, that’s what makes me tune in to news of all his exploits.

I think there’s a faction of the outdoor world that wants to frame Honnold or the guys at Mavericks as fly-by-the-tower hotheads who will soon end up in conditions not just literally over their heads.

Yet despite Honnold’s outdoor pursuit of choice, he remains grounded in good judgement and motivated by the will to live, not the adrenaline of risk.

In short, the guy’s not nuts.

You’re awake. You’re awesome. Live like it.

There’s a good reason Kid President has gone viral. His message is not necessarily unique, but his delivery is inarguably authentic, and that’s why we spend five minutes smiling at our screen.

This time out, the tiny Tony Robbins reminds us about how much we have available to us in this world, like the Grand Canyon, high-fives and corn dogs.

Can’t forget corn dogs.