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Polar Explorers: the faces of struggle

  We know its cold out but put yourself in the mind of adventurers from the golden age of Polar exploration who somehow managed without all fleece and DWR technical fibers.  Charting new ground in...
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Remembering Ned Gillette: Bad Ass Extraordinaire

Early in the morning on August 5, 1998, Ned Gillette was shot to death in his tent in the Karakoram.He was 53. Middle aged, at least by old standards. But Gillette was one of those people whose personality was...
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the pleasures of a quick fix

The pleasures of a quick fix It's cold out again with a sky the colour of wet aluminum.  I slip out under the guise of an errand.   In less than half an hour I've left the overly heated house with...
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92 in the shade: Story telling at mile marker 0

  Like many I came to Thomas McGuane's brilliant writing through 1972's "92 in the shade".  Actually, a deep passion for fly fishing in all of its forms brought me to McGuane's novel of fishing...
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The 10 Best ski lifts in the world

#1 AIGUILLE DU MIDI – Chamonix, France - Built in 1955, held title as highest cable car on Earth for 20 years - Carries 65 passengers - Highest vertical ascent cable car in the world traveling...
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Holland & Holland Range Rover

Does it get any more British than this? Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations have teamed up with Holland & Holland to produce the most luxurious and expensive Range Rover ever built. As...
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5 Tips for Chasing Swell & Living Well On a Bike

5 Tips For Chasing Swell and Living Well On a Motorcycle Alex Dosef I suppose it all started because I wanted to do something reckless and adventurous, which I’ve found are often one and the...
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Fishing for Browns in Deep Autumn

It's deep Autumn and fishing for Brown's is distilled to it's very essence. The true beauty of simplicity.  Mike Lawson writes beautiful words as usual about his time spent on the water. Fall...
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Inspiration in an English Autumn

We do love our English Summers but the Autumn holds a special place for us.  We know that winter is coming and that the day will soon be bitterly cold  with afternoons becoming oppressive and darker...
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A driven pheasant hunt in high style

  Is there anything more Autumnal than getting out into the storied English countryside and participating in a driven shoot?  Lovely company, beautiful guns, and a flask of Laphroaig at days...
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Purdey & Sons: The Art of Gun Making

JAMES PURDEY & SONS LTD, SHOTGUN AND RIFLE MAKERS From their Mayfair headquarters in London, the two hundred year-old company has built a reputation for making some of the finest firearms the world has...
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Le Chameau: Welly Aristocracy

  There are certain articles of clothing that we go back to again and again until they become a part of who we are, a part of our very make up.  For once we aren't going on about our glorious...
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The Waiting Game

At this point we loathe one another.  We have shared our mouldering paperbacks, played cards until the outcome of every game is disputed, glugged gallons of Chilean wine, gorged ourselves on lamb stew, and...
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Reynard

As a child I came across the fox as most do. The pages of Aesops Fables, The Fantastic Mr. Fox, Goethes's Reineke Fuchs, and Reynard the Fox, telling of the trickster, the joker, the cunning and experienced...
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Cortina

Our younger selves would cringe if they could see how we have grown to embrace the more refined aspects of mountain culture as we have aged (certainly not matured!).  We have always had a thing for...
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Fell

  It's hard to imagine a more idyllic country from the air. That moment of the final descent, as one drops through the clouds, the much lauded patchwork of greens and browns coming into view. A...
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Why?

Force 7 Winds On An Atlantic Crossing If you would know the age of the earth, look upon the sea in a storm. The grayness of the whole immense surface, the wind furrows upon the faces of the waves,...
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At What Price Pride

The question is often asked "who we are?" or "what do we do?".  Quite a bit of confusion abounds over how to get hold of one of our shirts, coats, or other splendid things we find along the...
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Out of sorts on the Ides of March

March has us jangled and out of sorts.  One could easily write off the whole month as nothing seemed to go as planned but our predicament certainly wasn't for lack of trying.  The path leads through...
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Dr No & Round Hill

An early swim out to the small, horse shoe reef has been the only thing pressing each day..  I  swim out, feeling the water move from chill to warm then chill again as I approach the drop off.  Two...