The invite read: “Join us in Puerto Rico for the Global Launch of Orbea’s 2011 Rallon Mountain Bike Collection” Simple enough. The ride; Orbea’s newest line up of enduro bikes, not to be confused with the motor bike mud track mayhem type, and all fully dialed with shimano, maxxis, and fox racing components. The location; Toro Verde’s Nature Adventure Park & Eco Resort – Orocovis, Puerto Rico. Let’s see. I’m…
Ultra-endurance events often provide a challenging and equally fulfilling avenue to raise funds for a good cause.  In support of my challenge of choice, The Gobi March, my sponsors donated over US$5,000 for Room To Read, an Asian-based organization founded by former Microsoft executive John Wood, that benefits designated poorer countries by building schools and libraries for their children.  In light of my experience, I recommend for anyone interested in…
Explorers have to be ready to die lost." - Russell Hoban.I have always loved the grit that resides in that statement... it conjures up countless tales of journeys made by explorers like Drake, Cook, Scott, Shackleton, Burton, and Earhart, men and women who undertook great risks and made tremendous sacrifices in their pursuit of going beyond the edges of the day’s maps and charts. These early explorers made dangerous and…
Welcome to the Toro Verde Adventure Park & Eco Resort, a 100-acre jungle oasis located in the heart of Puerto Rico. It's the ultimate playground, offering hours of mountain biking, rock climbing, and zip-line adventures with lush jungle landscapes as the backdrop. Adrenaline junkies can fly on more than 20 canopy zip-lines (with more to come) that range from 100 to 3,000-plus feet in length, and are up to 800…
THE EXPERIENCE: Route of Fire is touted as one of TCC Adventures most epic and enduring of running events and it proved to be just that. In six days, runners from across the globe covered more than 220 kilometers of exotic and wild Costa Rican mountains, countryside, and rugged coastline accumulatively gaining over 31,000 feet of elevation. It was an expedition run of epic proportions as competitors pushed their limits…
We’d been riding all day by the time Mike caught our wheel. We’d already ripped down narrow canyon trails, swooped through open Ponderosa Pine forests, skated through some low elevation snow and even been hailed on. Now we were navigating through pockmarked lava flows late in the day when our coordination had left us long ago. Mike, a bike ranger in Bend, was sitting on my friend’s wheel, chatting us…
My Journey: Zugspitze Ultratrail 2012 Distance: 101km (65 miles) Ascent: 5,400m (17,000 feet) 23-24 June 2012 Grainau, Germany   For those unfamiliar with the Zugspitze and Alpspitze mountains, they're fraternal twins--similar, about as tall, but not quite identical. They're also the tallest mountains in Germany at 2,963m and 2,643m respectively and sit on the border of Austria and Germany with the Zugspitze summit just a few meters north of the…