Meb Keflezighi won the Boston Marathon this morning in 2:08.48, the first American victor in 29 years. (Lisa Rainsberger won in 1985; most media outlets are reporting it’s been 31 years since an American win because Greg Meyer won in 1983. Fact check much?) I got chills as I watched Meb make the lefthand turn onto Boylston Street and close in on the finish line via the live feed. And how about Shalane Flanagan, a Massachusetts native who so badly wanted to win for the city she loves, but had to settle for a PR, seventh place, and the consolation that her record-setting pace helped Kenya’s Rita Jeptoo set a new course record (2:18.57) en route to the podium’s top spot and golden laurels upon her head. Both Shalane and Meb ran courageous races beyond measure, and inspired anyone watching who remembers the bombs, blood, and shock of the terrorist attack at the finish line last year.
Boston strong, indeed. And how about Meb as the face of America for a day? His family left war-torn Eritrea, lived in Italy for two years, and then emigrated to the U.S. when he was 12. To further the underdog narrative, Meb turns 39 next month. By most counts, he’s well past his athletic prime. There’s a rich story behind the face above, one that makes me believe anew there’s something to that whole American Dream after all. What a day. Now, for a run.

Meb Keflezighi won the Boston Marathon this morning in 2:08.48, the first American victor in 29 years. (Lisa Rainsberger won in 1985; most media outlets are reporting it’s been 31 years since an American win because Greg Meyer won in 1983. Fact check much?) I got chills as I watched Meb make the lefthand turn onto Boylston Street and close in on the finish line via the live feed. And how about Shalane Flanagan, a Massachusetts native who so badly wanted to win for the city she loves, but had to settle for a PR, seventh place, and the consolation that her record-setting pace helped Kenya’s Rita Jeptoo set a new course record (2:18.57) en route to the podium’s top spot and golden laurels upon her head. Both Shalane and Meb ran courageous races beyond measure, and inspired anyone watching who remembers the bombs, blood, and shock of the terrorist attack at the finish line last year.

Boston strong, indeed. And how about Meb as the face of America for a day? His family left war-torn Eritrea, lived in Italy for two years, and then emigrated to the U.S. when he was 12. To further the underdog narrative, Meb turns 39 next month. By most counts, he’s well past his athletic prime. There’s a rich story behind the face above, one that makes me believe anew there’s something to that whole American Dream after all. What a day. Now, for a run.

The latest from Mountain—80 pages of photography celebrating winter and the high country. Get more here. 

The latest from Mountain—80 pages of photography celebrating winter and the high country. Get more here

It’s winter! And that means a new issue of Mountain magazine. Pick up your copy of Winter 2014 at Whole Foods, Barnes & Noble, EMS, Gander Mountain, or your local outdoors and natural foods store. Better yet, subscribe here and we’ll send you Winter 2014 on the house.
What’s inside, you ask? Check out the Table of Contents. And exactly where did that lovely cover shot come from? Alaska’s Ruth Gorge. More on that here.
Happy reading, and think snow!

It’s winter! And that means a new issue of Mountain magazine. Pick up your copy of Winter 2014 at Whole Foods, Barnes & Noble, EMS, Gander Mountain, or your local outdoors and natural foods store. Better yet, subscribe here and we’ll send you Winter 2014 on the house.

What’s inside, you ask? Check out the Table of Contents. And exactly where did that lovely cover shot come from? Alaska’s Ruth Gorge. More on that here.

Happy reading, and think snow!

You know it’s bad when the bars stop serving beer and start to pile up sandbags. Welcome to the Boulder Flood. More than 16 inches of rain have fallen in Boulder, Colorado in the last week. That’s led to massive flooding along the Front Range—an event the news media, scientists, and government types are calling a 1,000-year flood. The talking heads prone to hyperbole or lacking a theasurus even went so far as to call it “Biblical.” Not that I’d argue. Check out the Boulder Daily Camera or the Denver Post (aerial views here) to see the evidence in full color.
I’m fine. I didn’t lose anything. Others weren’t so lucky. Please visit the United Way if you’d like to help, or make a special contribution to the Lyons Community Foundation to help the town of Lyons, Colorado, a small mountain burg that’s been devastated by the flood.
Thanks for listening. There’s a lot happening in the world. Syria. The Navy Yards shooting. And so the Boulder and Colorado floods haven’t made it above the fold in most major news outlets. And that’s okay. Boulder and the mountain towns will work hard to recover. But if you can help, please do.

You know it’s bad when the bars stop serving beer and start to pile up sandbags. Welcome to the Boulder Flood. More than 16 inches of rain have fallen in Boulder, Colorado in the last week. That’s led to massive flooding along the Front Range—an event the news media, scientists, and government types are calling a 1,000-year flood. The talking heads prone to hyperbole or lacking a theasurus even went so far as to call it “Biblical.” Not that I’d argue. Check out the Boulder Daily Camera or the Denver Post (aerial views here) to see the evidence in full color.


I’m fine. I didn’t lose anything. Others weren’t so lucky. Please visit the United Way if you’d like to help, or make a special contribution to the Lyons Community Foundation to help the town of Lyons, Colorado, a small mountain burg that’s been devastated by the flood.


Thanks for listening. There’s a lot happening in the world. Syria. The Navy Yards shooting. And so the Boulder and Colorado floods haven’t made it above the fold in most major news outlets. And that’s okay. Boulder and the mountain towns will work hard to recover. But if you can help, please do.

Ah, summer. Sunshine, heat, and tanlines. [Needle scratches the record.] Or, more accurately, the time when outdoor magazine editors chain themselves to the desk to review gear, research photos, and track down skiers in New Zealand or Chile to talk about the upcoming Northern season. Winter’s coming. I can feel it. Here’s a few ski film trailers getting me stoked, brah.

Watch “Into the Mind” from Sherpas Cinema above. Then click on over to "Valhalla" from Sweetgrass Productions and "McConkey" from Red Bull and Matchstick Productions. Then buy your tickets, folks—they’ll go fast.