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How the O + A Adventure Correspondent spends His Tax Refund

How the O + A Adventure Correspondent spends His Tax Refund

-By Richard Ellis, O + A Adventure Correspondent   As a bachelor in Park City, Utah, mountain bikes and snowboards are the closest things I have to dependents. Thankfully, shock rebuilds and tune ups are much cheaper than diapers, daycare, and college educations. So when Uncle Sam returns some hard-earned money each April, I indulge. And so should you.   Now a disclaimer: I’m frugal. Not cheap. Frugal. I want a good deal. My older brother complains that my air mattress, which he sleeps on a few times per year, is crap. It was the second least expensive one at...

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3 Podcasts Worth Your Time

3 Podcasts Worth Your Time

- By Richard Ellis, O + A Adventure Correspondent   The web has become a minefield of clickbait, outrage, and soulless filler. Podcasts seem to be the exception. Once upon a time, “content” referred to the substance of art. Today, it refers to the commodified words and images that keep the internet’s search engine algorithms churning. “Content” is the digital equivalent of fast food mystery meat. It’s designed to maximize ad revenue and marketing metrics. Content needs clickers, not readers.     If the slow food movement was a reaction to fast food, then the rise of podcasting could be a response...

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The Official Rules of Grunting at the Gym

The Official Rules of Grunting at the Gym

-By Richard Ellis, O + A Adventure Correspondent   Gents, drop the Blender Bottles, leave your gallon water jugs by the preacher curl bench, and for the love of God, CrossFitters, put your shirts back on. You’re not even sweating yet.     Now huddle up: We need to talk about grunting at the gym.   As someone who goes to a box (shout out to CrossFit) and does some solo work at a conventional gym, I get it. To hit that final rep, sometimes you have to make noises that sound like the lovechild of Thor the Thunder God and...

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