Hydrating for Extreme Adventure

Hydrating at Altitude

Headaches, nausea, and confusion are wearing you down and you can’t continue. “I have to turn back,” you mumble, calling an end to your bucket-list adventure trip. Months of hard work and training are wasted, and you ask yourself how this could happen. The answer is likely dehydration. Dehydration, commonly perceived as a heat-related illness, […]






Why it took 13.1 miles to believe I’m a runner

Half-marathon training Theactiveexplorer.com

I’m a runner. There, I said it. I wouldn’t believe it until I ran a half-marathon, but now I can’t deny it. I didn’t run just any half, I ran the North Face Endurance Challenge Series, one of the toughest out there…a trail run, beginning at 6,900 feet, and climbing to nearly 9,000 feet. Running […]






A menu for adventure: Staying active and well fed

Planning meals on the run.

  I like to eat. This mostly has to do with my active lifestyle; I burn calories fast when I’m running, climbing, or paddling. Because I’m on the go constantly, I have to pack healthy food to avoid eating convenience-store crap or restaurant food. The problem is keeping the food cold and yummy while I’m […]

Announcing The Active Explorer Podcast

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For the first time in a while, I have a big announcement to make. No, I’m not moving again… But I am adding a new way to explore and learn about outdoor adventure and fitness, The Active Explorer Podcast. I’ve been in the “thinking about it” mode for over a year and figured I’d just […]






Hiking Utah’s Mount Olympus (and telling Asthma to stick it)

Summit of Mount Olympus

You’ll never find a better sparring partner than adversity. ~Walt Schmidt Step pause, step pause, each one just little higher than the last. The trail seemed to have no end of “up” and I was struggling. About that time, and hiker training for a rim-to-rim-to-rim run of the Grand Canyon lapped me for the second […]






New motivation: My successful year working out at home

Laura at Dick's Pass

This morning I woke up with a serious motivational issue. The Sumatran coffee was soooo fine and my cat Artie snuggled up in my lap to sleep. Thoughts of working out began to fade from my mind. Then I considered just how little time exercise takes out of my day and what a big difference […]






Cravings: Vibrant 3-Layer açaí bowl

Ingredients for tropical fruit bowl

I was rushing through my morning when my friend, Ėlf Ellefsen, surprised me with an exceptional breakfast. It was as pretty as it was nutritious, and I still don’t know how he knew I was about to skip the most important meal of the day. After devouring the bowl of goodness, I felt energized for […]






Restart your workout: Returning to exercise after a break

Activities like hiking and trail running depend on staying fit. - Photo by GORE-TEX on Flickr

Returning to exercise can be a challenge. Here are some tips to help you get back on track. Staying fit hasn’t been easy lately. Holiday parties are in full swing, I got sick, and I’ve been stuck at my desk most of the month. When I noticed a little “muffin-top” showing above my pants, I […]