Red Mountain Residency III: A Reflection

Three years ago we started a snow artist program called the Red Mountain Residency. This week long backcountry hut trip is all about bringing new and old friends together to catch up, laugh, eat good food, and of course, ski deep San Juan powder. Check out this glimpse into this year’s residency…

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Hold Fast to Dreams

How many times do we let go of our dreams? Succumbing to circumstance. Putting them off for a “better time.” It takes courage and often times sacrifice, to hold fast and make our dreams a reality—especially, if one’s dream is to circle the globe by bike…

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Hollie Ernest
Contentment

It can be easy amidst the busyness of our daily lives to lose perspective and let the frenetic pace of life dictate each life turn and decision. If not careful, our dreams are lost and we find ourselves living a life that is not our own. During these times, a visit to Mother Nature to hit the “reset” button may be just what is needed…

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Finding Freedom on a Bicycle

Upon graduating from college, most people begin launching into a career whether out of necessity to begin the daunting task to pay off student loans or just out of societal pressure to take the “next” life step. With the current generation of graduates, it is however, becoming more common for those with an adventurous spirit to strike out on a post-college trip or sabbatical from what has been the norm. Often times these experiences lead to learning some extraordinary life lessons…

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Max Neuman
Professors of Adventure & Life

After 31 year careers as outdoor educators, these two professors of adventure have learned a lot from the deserts, mountains, rivers, and oceans.  Their wisdom through the years has benefited countless students and has allowed them to live amazing lives as both co-workers and a married couple. During this interview we learn some of the secrets to their success…

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This is What We Do

Check out this Lesson Collective first as we introduce This is What We Do in a podcast format. Just click on the audio link in the post to listen to BD’s tribute to his profession as a collegiate outdoor educator…

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A Decision

Often times in life, reward does not come without risk. For those who seek adventure, balancing risk vs. safety is a fundamental part of the equation of what it means to adventure. It may even propel some to abandon caution and risk it all. For others, the countless exposure to such experiences, becomes yet another guiding element to their success as adventurers…

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Not for Self Alone

When pursuing our outdoor passions, we sometimes get caught up in our individual performance and forget about the intangibles that make these pursuits so special to us in the first place…

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Ben Stubbs
#BuickLife

#VanLife is a social media craze, as perfect outdoor couples driving everything from old VW’s to shiny new Mercedes sprinter vans dominate our Instagram feeds. The LC recently interviewed a young college graduate who has chosen to join the ranks of those living on the road…albeit, not in a van, but in a 2001 Buick Century. In doing so, she is learning life lessons and gaining wisdom everyday…

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Life by Numbers

In our current world there is push to describe human behavior through data analytics. But can our lives really be simplified down to a number on a spread sheet? Even in the outdoor world, numbers are found everywhere from rapid classifications and climb ratings to the measurement of time. But do they truly describe the adventurer or their experience?

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Diana Davis
Lessons from a Desert Wander

Every spring thousands of college students exit their respective campuses for a week of exploration and fun.  Such locales as Daytona Beach and South Padre Island swell in population as some good ole fashion fun takes place in the sand and waves.  For others, an escape from the crowds is necessary as they seek the solitude and beauty of a backcountry experience...

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Partnerships

One of the keys to any successful adventure are solid partnerships with those who are supporting the endeavor or with those who are joining in on the fun. This repost from a previous Salsa Cycles contribution explores considerations for forging a strong bond between partners... 

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Brett Davis
The Illusion of Leadership

Leadership pervades and effects all of our lives on a daily basis.  With something so important and potentially powerful, why is it that effective leadership seems to be so elusive?

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Brett Davis
What I Didn't Want to Do

Life presents us with many questions.  Some answers come easy, but others stymie us for years.  Instead of continuing to wrestle with a seemingly unanswerable question, maybe all we need to do is ask a different question...

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Jim Caldwell
Struck By Lightning

It is easy to avoid rejection...refuse to make yourself vulnerable to its possibility.  But when you do decide to face your fears and act when it would be easy not to, magic may just happen...

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Alive

One of the biggest challenges of the human life is to be present.  To be in the moment.  To feel what it means to be alive...

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Action Leads to Passion

When at one of life's crossroads, one can sit at the bus stop waiting for divine inspiration or some sign of which direction to go, or one could begin walking in any direction, embracing all that comes with the journey.  Out of this movement, may just come a new found passion.

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