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July

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How the Subculture of Backpacking is Similar to Regular Culture in Bhutan

If you are reading this then you got past the title enough to click on it, perhaps by thinking, “Hmmm, that’s odd,” or, “Is that a cultural slam to Bhutan?” (non-backpackers might go there), or perhaps, “That doesn’t seem accurate.” From my big experience with both backpacking and Bhutan none of those suppositions are correct. So what’s with the fringe title to this post? On my recent fastpacking trip in the Sierra, the friendly warmth of Bhutan came to mind many times. Here’s why. When backpacking, it is not only common practice but kind of an unspoken ‘rule’ that when you come across another person on the trail going the opposite direction that you’ll stop and chat with them. At [...]

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Category: Adventure/Reflection

07

July

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A Moment of the Allure of Fastpacking (or not)

We decided to end day 3 of our several day foray on the lower 100 mile section of the John Muir Trail at around 11 PM. Unusually, our selected sleep spot happened to be near other hikers in a very used camp area with a bear box (a metal container which, if locked properly, protects the bears from our food). Nancy and I had been jovially referring to ourselves as the stray dogs of the trail while tucking into nooks and crannies of the granite landscape to sleep. But this night would define our self imposed nickname. When one decides to go very light on a trek many items such as a tent, stove, fuel, pot, most all toiletry items, [...]

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Category: Adventure

18

June

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I Have Ants in My …Travel Mojo

“Do you think travel is an addiction?” I randomly probed my friend Greg, a frequent travel and adventure companion. “Yes,” he replied deadpan and surprisingly quick. “Hmmmm,” I perused, “I’ve never considered myself addicted to anything, but I definitely feel a strong yearning or restless angst if I haven’t ventured out for a bit. I can’t seem to shake it.” Greg shot me a knowing grin. If I don’t have a finalized travel experience looming, an idea brewing or preparations in full swing, I feel compelled to engage in one of the above before things get kinda, antsy. Greg is one of a select few hearty types that I send emails to with ideas like; “How about if we do [...]

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Category: Adventure

11

June

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What is There to Love About Swimming in the Cold, Murky Ocean?

When the tail end of a wave flattens out, slides up the sand and swiftly paints my feet and ankles, I like to guess the temperature of the water. Even if it happens to be in the high 50’s, which for Santa Cruz is what we gleefully call ‘warm’, the startling chill will strike for the second time when I get waist deep. Salt water oozes into the zipper on the backside of my wetsuit like a subcutaneous injection of ice cream. If my ankles ache as I linger to adjust my goggles I know I’ll get jaw freeze when my face hits the murky water and that about half way through the swim, fingers will flop uselessly with the [...]

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Category: Adventure/Reflection

28

May

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Considering Pain, For Big Satisfaction in Endurance Sport

pain |pān| noun: physical suffering or discomfort, mental suffering or distress In general, pain has a distinct reputation for being the unpleasant bad guy or even the herd of elephants in the room. Both whom most humans instinctively avoid at all turns. Unless you’re an endurance athlete. In a world increasingly designed to promote comfort, endurance athletes willfully choose to participate in (and pay large sums of money for) endeavors that will invoke pain and discomfort for sometimes very long periods of time. With some upcoming writing on this topic and extended ‘personal projects’ looming, I have gleefully repondered this theme while spending lots of hours on the trails. What we find out quickly as endurance athletes is that pain [...]

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Category: Inspiration

08

May

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How I Came to Taking Pictures: The Unwanted Gift that Keeps on Giving

Several years ago when I tore my achilles tendon I was offered the most unwanted gift for a life-time athlete; the requirement to change up the speed with which I moved around on the planet. Upon initial acquisition of an athletic injury most of us are of course, blinded to seeing this gift because we are ensconced in denial, grief, anger or the self pity that our usual life speed may have to change up at all. But when we finally succumb to the excruciatingly patient task of tending to the healing of our body (so that we can get back up to speed), it is possible to catch a glimpse of the opportunity available to us during this undesired [...]

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Category: Adventure/Reflection

About Me

endurance athlete..speaker..writer..coach..sport psychology consultant..photographer

Few athletes surpass Terri Schneider’s consistency, durability, longevity and charisma in endurance sports. As a pioneer in several sports, she has blazed a path through the endurance world that combines a zeal to experience new cultures and remote landscapes, with a hunger to push her physical and mental limits. Terri’s passion is to share these experiences with others as a motivational speaker, author, coach, consultant and photographer.

As an adventure racer, triathlete, ultrarunner and mountaineer, Terri has raced and adventured in over 70 countries. Through the hundreds of events in which she’s excelled she’s established herself as one of the most diversely experienced multi-sport endurance athletes and coaches in the world.

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