Wednesday, March 28, 2012

S.M.A.R.T. Goals

What is a smart goal? This is a term which is different for everyone. But I'm more talking about the word S.M.A.R.T. from a mnemonic perspective. In the end, I guess smart and S.M.A.R.T can be compared at great length and very little difference could be delved from the two meanings. Let me give you a definition of the word smart that you might not think of: adj. "having properties that can be changed in response to stimuli or environmental conditions; self-regulating." Well now isn't that interesting, especially if we are to place it into an adventure context.

In this post, I want to take a closer look at creating S.M.A.R.T. goals. What does that mean? What does it mean to be a smart adventurer? How do we engage ourselves in being smart or S.M.A.R.T. in better attaining our achievable goals? These, I feel, are great questions. Lets discover the answers.

Monday, March 26, 2012


As mentioned here at some point over the last few weeks, this past weekend was the 2012 Rocky Mountain Regional Conference for the Association of Experiential Education. I had a great time in Durango attending and presenting workshops in regards to adventure education, outdoor education and experiential education. I even held a workshop on Ultra-Marathon Running and how it took can be used as an expeditionary tool to engage participants in transformational experiences leading to social change.

I just wanted to take a moment to outline my big take aways from this weekends conference. It's important to understand, I suppose, why I even went. Most folks who read this blog know that I work in Boulder, CO as a Professional Adventure Guide. My job is far more encompassing then that. I am also the Operations Director for this adventure travel company and work as a lead facilitator for Corporate Adventure Training experiences. Much of what I do on a daily basis, is work towards a better and more socially just society.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

VB: High Line Canal 100K

Below is video from the 2012 High Line Canal 100K. The third and final event of the 2012 Team Sherpa ultra running Winter Expeditions.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Blind Potential

For 5 years now, I've maintained this blog to discuss what is humanly possible. To discuss this idea of Human Potential. To reverse the use of excuses, and promote the ideals of reaching beyond what one truly believes they are capable of. We've thrown terms around such as Flow, Self-efficacy, Motivation, Possible and the ever daunting Impossible. No matter how many times I reiterate these terms, or re-tell tales, or tell tales of new adventures in ways that mimc old adventures, nothing will ever meet the comparison of what has just transpired in the frigid mountains of New Hampshire.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Sh*t Runners Say

These two YouTube videos crack me up. If you haven't seen them yet, now's the time! Enjoy!

Monday, March 5, 2012

Ultrarunning Growth

I first joined the culture of Ultra Running in 2005. I can't recall how many ultras there were in the country back then but I can attest to the fact that it was certainly a lot less then we entertain now. This was in a time before Dean Karnazes had written his book Ultramarathon Man. In the latest edition of Ultrarunning Magazine, the numbers are in from 2011 and I must say; that I'm not surprised by the continued growth of our sport. However, I think that perhaps the speed of our growth has indeed surprised others.

Ever since Dean's book first came out, the conversation has labored on about how this sport will continue to grow. Much of the "old school ultra guard" defended that the growth in population of our sport during 2006 and 2007 was merely a blimp on the screen. A flash in the pan where some marathoners read DK's book, decided they too could run 100 miles, would eventually complete the distance and fade out into the past as quickly as they appeared in the present. Boy were they ever wrong...