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Chris Bangs
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Backcountry Nutrition...Hemp!
Today's post is brought to you by the super awesome, conscious and sustainable company from Canada called  Manitoba Hemp Foods and Oils . This post is about protein, hemp foods in our diet and lasting energy in the backcountry (or wherever your adventure ma...

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Hitch'n Rides in Stolen Cars
The Hitch Hiker Hitch-hiking through Washington in the late spring 1997, I was picked up by a drunk ex-con named Darrel in a stolen car. By the time we got pulled over by the police, I was driving the stolen car.  Normally I don't except rides by drunk driv...

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Liven Pain
I run to be here, and here is beautiful. "…some people say I'm heavy, they don't know what I hide." Ozzy Osbourne (old tunes) Sprinting over rocks, and roots, I feel connected to the trail. The trail has been there for me lately, or better yet, I've been th...

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Flow or Die
Setting a pint of Coldsmoke in front of me right as I sit down, the bartender says, "This one's on the house, you look like you've had a hard day." Her voice is beautiful, and I savour the sound in my mind. Apparently she had seen me coming for days. I smil...

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A Rolling Stone
I ask a lot of questions. Like how do you be an actual Rolling Stone? Is it possible? I've seen stones fall, and then start rolling. Maybe that's it. Maybe you have to fall? Early in life, I knew what I wanted, and I had a list of places in North America wh...

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Kiss the Artist
Posing with Bugaboo Spire in the background, 2011. I was forced to consider quitting recently. No shit, and pardon my French. It seems I have reached the end and a new beginning. I have not ridden a bicycle in months and don't know what the future of cyclin...

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The Ride Home
Week four of the Fat-Bike Ski-Mo Sufferfest. My hands and feet ached constantly, along with the screaming saddle sore on my taint.  This is a sufferfest, and we suffer until it's fun, or we suffer the whole way home. In the land of wolves. Riding through Ye...

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The Kin Ring Face
The Kin Ring Face, Yellowstone. Week number two of the Fat-Bike Ski-Mo Sufferfest, and camping conditions take a dive.  -25º Fahrenheit is a brutal temp to be outside camping, and anyone who wasn't ready, went home. The daytime temperatures hover at -5º,  a...

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Sufferfest Sled Skiing
When in Cooke City, you go sledding. Even if your into climbing mountains and traveling by bicycle. Rolling into town on my bike, I see 50 sleds in tight formation, parked down main street. The sleds were here long before the skiers and the climbers. And lo...

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Fat-Bike Ski-Mo Sufferfest Week One
Silver Gate, MT. From Louis L'amour's book  The Warriors Path . The book I read on the trip. "Yet all men can fail, and each man must somewhere find his master, with whatever strength, whatever weapon. So we must be weary, we must use what guile we had, for...
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