Picking through the tidepools of a deserted tropical beach, a young boy finds a mysterious treasure washed upon the rocks and is swiftly transported to a different world. This one is blanketed in snow, muffled by storms and home to skiers carving through shoulder-deep powder.
In 2017, Brendan Leonard signed up to run a 100-mile race, despite not being much of a runner. Why? Because his longtime friend and hero, Jayson Sime, convinced him to. And part of him wanted to test out Sime’s life philosophy, which is that you can do anything you dream up, so long as you put in the work and refuse to quit. It had worked so far for Sime, who grew up impoverished, one of six children without a father, and dyslexic. Together, they trained for endless hours, through tedium, exhaustion, joy and gluttony. And when they arrived at the starting line of the race — the notoriously challenging Run Rabbit Run 100 in Steamboat Springs, Colorado — what unfolded was about more than just a crazy dream. It was about one extraordinary friendship.
Where does a professional competitive ski mountaineer go to escape the pressures and demands of her career? Ski mountaineering, of course. To mountains far, far away from judges and the media and autograph-seekers, where she can “dream in a playground of infinite games.”
Professional snowboarder Travis Rice and three friends set sail on a 2,500-nautical-mile journey through the Pacific Ocean from Tahiti to Hawaii. As they work their way up the Line Islands on their adventure north, they find new waves to surf, drink the sweetest coconut milk ever tasted and are drenched in a Doldrums rainstorm. The glittering, aquamarine waters are teeming with whales and fish. But they are teeming with something else, too. The crew collects water samples every 100 miles and finds even the most beautiful and remote seas of planet Earth are contaminated with microplastics.
Rajesh Magar has been obsessed with bikes since he was a small child growing up in Kathmandu, Nepal. When the other kids were studying, he’d be dreaming about, designing and drawing bikes. As the son of a construction worker and housemaid, however, a bike wasn’t easy to come by. Undeterred, he built one, a clunky Frankenstein, but a mountain bike nonetheless. He started racing, and his drive and raw talent got noticed, leading to a job as a mountain bike guide and a path to professional racing. Today, Nepal’s National Champion is living proof that it pays to stick to your passion, no matter how implausible it seems.
A dash of spelunking. A pinch of ice climbing. A sprinkle of semi-psychedelic light show. This brief recipe is just right for a short feast.