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A Look Back

20 Feb

This is my third winter covering the World Cup for the New York Times. From Bode Miller’s comeback to Vonn’s re-injury, here’s a recap of the season so far:

Ted Ligety Takes Aim at Overall Title

Bode Miller Returns to Prime Form

Ligety Dominates and Miller Surprises

Miller Is the Main Attraction

Vonn Hit Tricky Turn

American Women Have Difficulty Early in the Season

Giving Back After the Race Has Past

On the Comeback trail, Miller is Third, But Disappointed

Felix Neurether Leaves His Mark

For Some Ski Racers, An Advantage Before the Season Even Starts

Svindal Wins Beaver Creek Downhill

Shiffrin Barely Misses Giant Slalom Win

Injury Lifted Hirscher’s Career

The King of Speed

LA Times Picks Up KDVR Historic Hotels Segment

21 Dec

The LA Times picked up the FOX31/KDVR segment I did this morning on Colorado Ski Country’s Best Historic Hotels. Click here to see which hotels made my list….

Robin Pope’s New Safari Lodge in Malawi

1 Sep

Robin Pope Safaris has been offering safaris in Zambia for over 25 years. Recently, they’ve branched out into neighboring Malawi. In July, RP opened Mkulumdazi, the only lodge in the Majete Reserve. No safari jeep traffic jams, or battling for camera angles–you’ll have over 173,000 acres of African wilderness all to yourself.

Read more here…

Zambiana Jane!

28 Jun

Here’s a story I wrote for Fathom, a new (read amazing) travel website and guide. From tracking black rhinos in the bush to swimming in Victoria Falls, it was the adventure of a lifetime. If you like adrenaline, as I do, put Zambia on your bucket list. Go.
Read Zambiana Jones here

For details on how to do Zambia, click here.

For the Thrill of It

27 Jun

Here’s some behind-the-curtains info on why I travel from Fathom’s Questionnaire.

Indiana Jane!

26 May

I recently did a segment with Peter Greenberg for his webisode series on Peter Greenberg Worldwide. Greenberg is THE travel guru, ie CBS’s travel editor, and I was honored to be featured as an adventure travel expert on his show. I especially loved the moniker “Indiana Jane.” I do love me some adventure.

Watch the video here….

Mamma Africa!

26 May

Deep in the Namibian desert, lies a lush oasis: &Beyond’s Sussuvlei Lodge, which boasts some of the clearest skies and brightest stars in the world.

Read more from my article in Robb Report….

Chris Davenport Slays Everest’s Lhotse Face

24 May

Kastle poster boy Chris Davenport skied Everest’s Lhotse face in mid-May with fellow Aspenite Neal Biedleman, and followed that up with a successful summit bid with Beidleman, Telluride’s Bill Allen from Ophir, Colorado-based Mountain Trip, and a client, Ephi. Congrats, Dav and the rest of your crew!

To read more about his expedition, click here…

Tiger Fishing in Zambia

22 May

Here’s a little story about flesh eating fish. Last September, I went on assignment to Zambia to catch the elusive Tiger Fish, a 10-30 lb river monster with a mouth full of blade-like teeth.

Read more from my article in the Robb Report….

Ski Shangri-La: Telluride

10 Mar

Telluride is the a skier’s mountain and a skier’s town, so said Rasta Stevie in 1988’s ski porn classic, The Blizzard of Aahhhs. He got that right. Here’s an insider’s guide to Telluride.
Now, go get some. Read here for the skinny…

Insider’s Guide to Jackson Hole

2 Feb

If you’re not headed to Jackson Hole this winter, you should be. Why? 25 feet of snow and counting–the most white stuff the mountain’s tallied by Feb 1 in recent history. With some of the steepest inbounds terrain in the country and arguably the burliest lift-accessed backountry in the lower 48, Jackson is an expert skier’s dream. Plus, with a Wild West vibe, get ready to get down–on the hill and off. Don’t forget to check out the “Roots” button on the article–a little inside info on how JH came to be.
Read more….

Dance Moves-Highlights from the Road

16 Aug

Nothing puts a smile on my face like someone’s unabashed thrash across a dance floor. Whether it’s yodeling and Polka in Austria, two steppin’ in a backwoods country bar, or breezy reggae skankin’, nothing speaks more about a person, or a culture, than their moves. Something about dancing brings out the best in folks.
Just watch Footloose.

With no further ado, here’s Goodtimes Gordy from Norco, CA. You might learn something. I did. Pop and lock. Watch it.

10 Olympic Parties Not to Miss!

17 Feb

From keg rolling at the Saxony House to dub skanking at the Jamaican Bobsled Team’s HQ, here’s an insider’s guide to party hopping Olympic-style.

Olympic-Caliber Gear Comes from Vancouver

13 Feb

When it comes to Meccas of mountain equipment, there’s Boulder, Park City, and the granddaddy of them all, Vancouver. Home to Arc’teryx, Westcomb, and Prior, Vancouver is leading the charge in mountain gear innovation. Check out my latest piece for CNN.

Breakfast of Champions

2 Feb

Whether you’re recovering from a late night of revelry or gearing up for a big day on the hill, here’s a guide to Whistler’s best breakfast spots. Be sure to check them out if you’re heading to Whistler this month.

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An Insider’s Guide to Olympic Apres

25 Jan

So, you’re heading to the Olympics in Whistler. Be prepared for sick snow, world class terrain, sporting and revelry. Whether you’re celebrating an American victory or kicking up your boots after a day on the hill, Whistler’s watering holes elevate apres to an Olympic level.
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The Buzz on South African Wine!

20 Jan

The World Cup is not the only thing South Africa’s buzzing about this season–there are several sparkling additions to its burgeoning wine scene. Check out my latest piece in the Feb. 2010 issue of Conde Nast Traveler.

Sell Your Soul to the Heli-Ski Devil!

12 Jan

Sell your car, a cornea, your soul, but do whatever you’ve got to do to get to CMH’s Cariboo Lodge this season.

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Under African Skies

11 Jan

Humming with young boho buzz, Cape Town has emerged from its rocky past as the creative capital of Africa. From high-stakes adventures (paragliding off Signal Hill) to creature comforts (crisp, local sauvignon blancs), the city will leave you breathless.

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An Insider’s Guide to Telluride

15 Nov

From stunning scenery and world class terrain to tasty eateries and a lively nightlife scene, this tucked-away town has it all.

For the inside scoop on Telluride, click here…

High Altitude Innovation

7 Feb

Learn more about recent innovations in high altitude medicine with Dr. Peter Hackett, one of the world’s foremost authorities in the subject and the doctor for the Rolling Stones.

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