Beard Power

Beards have made a huge comeback. Studies on women’s responses to facial hair on men found strong links to perceived manliness and being better dads. Stubble and full beards are generally attractive to the opposite sex. Personally, I’m holding out for a resurgence in chest hair fads. I’m destined for greatness if that ever happens!

The Climbing OG

I was bouldering with some friends at Planet Granite in Sunnyvale, CA. It was a holiday so it was pretty busy, but we found a little bit of wall for ourselves and got to working on a problem together. While grappling with this wall, a man that I would guess to be in his fifties came over to do the same.


Get More Exploration In Your Life

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain

Ryan C. Hurst Shirtless perched on a mountain edge

“Because those pioneers knew that alpinism – indeed all mindful pursuits – is at its most simple level the sum of your daily choices and daily practices. ” – Steve House / Scott Johnston Training for the New Alpinism

Great day of hiking in Kyogaku No Mori area around Mino. I was super excited to try out my new Osprey Manta AG 36 pack today and it performed flawlessly. The total trek was only 2 hours plus some change with a killer initial climb. Loved it.

The Elevator Squat

Posting tutorials isn’t something that I intend to do much here since you can find all you need over at GMBFitness. However, the Elevator Squat is something that popped back into my head recently and a move that I used to teach a lot in previous years.

“We are unhappy, not because of things we lack but because we have potentials that have not been realized.” George Sheehan, M.D.

Where’d You Get Those Mats?

I don’t have a lot of space over here in Japan, so every time I move my office/gym I have to re-evaluate my equipment. This was especially true last month since I moved into yet another new gym. It is freaking awesome and you’ll be seeing a lot of new vids of it soon.

What are my mainstays when it comes to gym equipment?