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USA 4th in relay

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea – The final night of Olympic luge racing at the Alpensia Sliding Centre brought Team USA to the brink of another medal before three nations closed the door on the Americans’ hopes for a second trip to the podium.

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MAZDZER WINS HISTORIC OLYMPIC SILVER MEDAL

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea – In a 15 minute period that displayed the best of Olympic racing, Chris Mazdzer brought USA Luge its long-awaited men’s Olympic medal Sunday night when he scored the silver at the Alpensia Sliding Centre.
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Britcher 6th in final World Cup sprint race to finish a career best third place overall

Mazdzer season best 6th in last singles race before Pyeongchang

SIGULDA, Latvia – Thanks to a consistent streak of races in January, highlighted by back-to-back World Cup wins in Lillehammer, two-time Olympian Summer Britcher took sixth place in Sunday’s sprint race in Sigulda, and finished a career best third in the overall tour standings as the season came to an end.

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Hamlin 6th, Mortensen/Terdiman 10th as World Cup season enters final weekend

SIGULDA, Latvia – In atypically warm winter conditions for this region near the Baltic Sea, Olympic bronze medalist Erin Hamlin led the USA Luge effort Saturday with a sixth place result in Sigulda. The race marked the final two-heat singles event of the season. Earlier, Matt Mortensen and Jayson Terdiman finished 10th in the last traditional doubles competition.

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Minnesota Bucks and Minus33 Merinoholics Adventures Kyle

Minnesota Bucks and Minus33

Preparation

The chilly night air consumed me as I prepped for opening morning, for the first time in 15 years there would be snow on the ground for Opening day of Minnesota Deer season. It is always an exciting time of year. Our traditional family cabin was packed with 6 of us. The anticipations made it hard to sleep. Hanging my gear the night before, I made sure I had all the appropriate Minus33 gear on hand. Starting with my inner layer of Lightweight next to skin, such as the Saratoga bottom and Ticonderoga top. These are followed by the Explorer Midweight Crew and the Adirondack Midweight Vest. Finally, the Thermerino jacket before my outer shell. Combined with the Expedition Wool Balaclava which keep me comfortable during the long days sit. These products keep me in the stand longer and warmer, so I can pursue such a great tradition in the Northwoods.

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Lark Mountain Merinoholics Adventures Martin The Ideal Adventure Partner

The Ideal Adventure Partner

It might sound silly to someone who spends most of their time on well-beaten paths, but for some of us, coming across the right adventure partner can be as difficult as finding the right life partner.

There are a lot of things to take into account in order to create the right chemistry and make sure that everybody comes home safe and sound.

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Lark Mountain Alaska Merinoholics Adventures Martin

A New Friendship on Lark Mountain

I met Tim through one of my wife’s long time friends. At the time, I had no idea that we would end up climbing mountains together. I was planning to catch a few silver salmons during the Fall run down in Seward, AK and as I knew he was an accomplished angler, invited him to join me for the day. We had a good time and we got along from the start. After talking outdoors for a while, I brought up the idea of him joining me up in the mountains and he seemed very enthusiastic about it.

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Great Himalayan Trail – High Route

The Great Himalayan Trail… I heard that it hadn’t been done solo before (later to find I was the 5th), so I derailed my plans to go scuba diving for a Himalayan adventure.   The trail traverses the country of Nepal and I was awestruck by the extreme ruggedness, and the unbelievably intense and beautiful scenery.   Equally as amazing, were the unbelievably kind and hospitable locals, surviving in the harsh landscape, yet always happy and welcoming.  During my traverse I traveled through lowland jungles, across high alpine glaciers, stayed in a couple of local’s homes, had a near death experience, and a nighttime run in with a snow leopard.  Everything you could ask for to make a wonderful adventure.

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Colorado to Alaska 2016

As my first real backpacking experience the 4700 mile journey from Steamboat Springs, CO to Prudhoe Bay, AK was a trial by fire.  Starting in the middle of May on 8 feet of snow, I began the trip that would have me finish in snow on October 1st at Alaska’s Arctic coastline.  From the high ridgelines and rugged peaks of the U.S. and Canadian Rockies, to the strong currents and unpredictable weather on the mighty Yukon River, and North through the Brooks Range of Alaska.  The trip was a fabulous expression of not only the grand beauty of the wilderness, but what we can all be capable of.

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