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Knot Science

There’s a whole field of mathematics that studies knots, to explore abstract properties of idealized curves. “But that’s not what you care about if you are, for example, a sailor or a climber and you need to tie something which holds,” says Vishal Patil, a graduate student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology whose new …

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A Year of Recognition

I’m typically modest and don’t intend to boast, but wanted to share three recent awards. American Trails‘ “Outstanding Trail Leaders” award recognizes “compelling and significant contributions to the trails movement in their states…” Movement? OK, I suppose it is. The award was via a nomination from New York State Parks. I drove to Syracuse, NY …

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Trail Advocate of the Year

I managed to get selected by vote I suppose, and I think it would be Advocates, not Advocate, but whatever, thank you nonetheless. I have enjoyed my Kitsbow kit, except the wool, I passed that on to someone else. Trail Advocate of the Year https://www.kitsbow.com/pages/trail-advocate-of-the-year MEET YOUR TOP TRAIL ADVOCATES You let us know who …

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A Day in the Life of…

I have enjoyed some of this builder’s trails and this piece about him recently: A Day in the Life of a Mountain Bike Trail Builder Perhaps one day I will leave a memo deeper than the one below on a typical day in my trail building and layout life thus far. It’s diverse to say …

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IMBA’s Future

IMBA has had some issues lately, not the least of which was their stance on Wilderness. They expand on their decision here. Bike Mag recently published a good piece on the future of IMBA’s “footing.” Perhaps in part due to the San Diego Mountain Biking Association, and not long after, the Mountain Bikers of Santa …

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Camelbak, Giro, Blackburn, and Bell Ties to Assault Rifles and the NRA

Some of cycling’s biggest brands, including Giro, Bell, Camelbak, and Blackburn, have become the target of a boycott by US cycling advocates – because their parent company manufactures firearms [including the AR-15] and ammunition. Would you buy a cycling product that’s made by a firearms company? There’s a good chance you already have I’ve owned …

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The Science of Hiking

Harvard physician Paul Dudley White, the ‘father of American cardiology’, believed that a brisk, five mile walk every day is as good a remedy for a restless mind as anything the worlds of medicine and psychology have to offer. Many literary notables, from Charles Dickens to Will Self, have written at length on the restorative …

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