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What’s with that lone Irish guy at your hostel?

What’s with that lone Irish guy at your hostel?

We all get hit by wild stereotypes. Carpet-bombed generalisations throughout our lives that smack of reckless, blinkered ignorance. But at no point does it get flagged and flared up more than when we travel (except maybe in war zones).The hostel is the drinking hole in the traveling wilderness, the gathering place for mammals of all nationalities.

Godfrey, the first Malawian paraglider pilot

Godfrey, the first Malawian paraglider pilot

THE FIRST TIME I introduced Benjamin Jordan to my girlfriend, he gave her a big bear hug that lasted about 10 seconds. I didn’t feel threatened though. The first time I met Benjamin Jordan, he gave me a big bear hug that lasted about 10 seconds. That’s just the kinda guy Ben is.I first met him when I heard of his project to paraglide 10,000km across Canada, from Tofino, BC on the west coast all the way to St.

The birth and death of a tourist hotspot

The birth and death of a tourist hotspot

The whale shark is slowly swimming 25 yards from the boat — a shadow in the clear, warm water. The German guy is the first to see it; he leaps to his feet and shouts, “Butanding!” The word sounds ridiculous with his accent, but we all crane to see. Jesus Christ, it’s huge! 10 meters at least! I’m the first in the water, beating my fins to catch up to the beast.

Adventure film beyond adventure porn

Adventure film beyond adventure porn

5POINT FILM FESTIVAL just released their 2013 teaser (above). While there are some familiar frames of the genre we’re calling “adventure porn,” for me the human expressions quickly overshadow the gnar.And yet, those expressions of pain and victory are tied to it. This selection of moments reminds me that the mindset that pushes us to climb a mountain is the same that challenges us to do anything in life — anything except stand still.

Trapped in a crevasse, climber documents his escape on video

Trapped in a crevasse, climber documents his escape on video

Whether it’s paddling, climbing, skiing, or whatever, pretty much the first thing you learn before embarking into the backcountry is to always take a buddy. Always. It’s no different than kindergarten, really. Call it the Backcountry Golden Rule. And eschew it at your peril. While there are certainly those special someones (ahem, Dean Potter) who excel alone in challenging wilderness settings, history is stacked with the bodies of backcountry travelers who have ignored the buddy system.

When the rain doesn’t change anything

When the rain doesn’t change anything

Peter and I did a lot of things in the rain. We met in the rain at a bus stop after arriving by ferry from mainland Malaysia to the island of Penang. We hiked a mountain in the rain and were chased by monkeys on our descent. We ate many dinners together in intermittent silence as the rain drummed on the thin roof covering us.