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Adventures in Sweden – The Island of Gotland

This summer I've been spending time in Åre, Sweden. Summer in Åre has a tendency to turn into fall in the blink of a day. We decided it was time to head south in search of some warmer weather, so we caught the end of summer in Scandinavia. Our travels took us to the island of Gotland. Gotland is Sweden's largest island located in the Baltic Sea. Visby, Gotland's largest city is the best-preserved medieval city in Scandinavia and has been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

We decided to start our tour of Gotland on bicycle. Riding from campsite to campsite with all our gear packed in a bike trailer.

bike tour gotland

If you ever make your way to Gotland, I highly recommend touring it by bike. It's incredibly flat so you'll be amazed how far you can travel in one day.

After a few days on bike we decided to head back to the car and check out a few more spots in Gotland. Along the coast,  you can find lime rocks that have been weathered into characteristic karstic rock formations known as rauks.

rauk

rauk 2

Along with a medieval city you can find ruins from the Viking era, including ship molds, burial sites and runestones. They have also built up replicas of old Viking long houses.

viking longhouse

With all the history and beauty to explore, I definitely recommend exploring the island of Gotland.


Runny Bums finally are the champs.

Van-check. Water-check.  Smelly runners-check.

Where to start? To outsiders, it may seem as easy as getting from one point to the next, faster then the competition.  Well, RTO is so much more than that.   Winning the RTO, with a course record no less, requires a lot of; pain, planning, bodily fluids, liquids, anxiety, faith/confidence, support, and a kickass vehicle to get you from point A to B.  Also I would like to think having a bossy blonde helps a bit as well. This year team Runny Bums...


Gobi Race Report: Part 3 – Stage 4 to Post-Race Wrap-Up

When I awoke on the morning of Stage 4, lacing my shoes up was just about the last thing I wanted to do. These multi-day races are a unique beast. You experience the high's and low's of racing each day, but that can also be transposed to the week. Having just passed the halfway point, I was struggling with motivating myself to continue. However, this would be the last of the shorter stages leading up to the long march to come in Stage 5. That's the test in the stage race. Can you keep pushing day after day after...


Morocco

I'm finally home in Tahoe after two long months of hectic travel, the last month of which I spent in Morocco for a film project with Sender Films for this year's Reel Rock Tour.

I recounted the details of our epic 24-hour mission on The North Face site here.  In a nutshell, Hazel and I tried to free climb a route called Babel, a 2800ft big wall.  It is difficult and technical climbing, and we wanted to do it in a day. After it was all said and done, I am really proud of our effort. We gave it hell,...


Road Trip

Every year I set new goals for myself, typically relating to athletics. The first year after my accident I was able to hike well over 450 miles. The second year I ran over 500 miles. This year I have upped the goals.

Goal #1. Land a backside double cork 1080, a trick I always wanted to do before my accident. (it's at the end of this video)

http://vimeo.com/67595640

Goal #2. Bike over 1,000 miles this summer.

I accomplished my first goal on May 1st at a private shoot at Northstar, California. I couldn't have been more excited! Two days later, my brother,...


It’s Great to be Here

By John P. DeGrazio

John DeGrazio on Dewey Point with a tasty Fig Bar from Nature's Bakery

"One more push," I said. There's always one more. As I pulled my body up the last section of cable, I basked in the warm glow of my accomplishment. I made it! The breathtaking summit of Half Dome was everything I imagined, and more. It was a magical place with a feeling I never wanted to end. The next question was, "How can I stay here forever?" That was a decade ago....


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