Tag: Weird

Adventure: Sign Up Now and You Could Be One of the First People to Mountain-Bike on the Moon

Photo via evo.com

Photo via evo.com

It’s one bunny-hop for a man (or woman) but it’s one giant lunge for mankind. Evo.com announces an out-of-this-world travel package for mountain bikers giving you a once in a lifetime opportunity to explore some of the gnarliest single track in the galaxy. Check out Evo’s moon biking offer here. [Via pinkbike]

Also – Awesome Gear Announced in April

All-Sport Performance Lederhosen

Who knew that lederhosen would return as the ultimate multi-sport performance wear? (With a ball-tight fit and moisture wicking no less.)

A Backpacking Tent So Light It Fits in Your Shirt Pocket

You’ve seen all the buzz about tiny houses. Now it’s tiny tents with REI’s Gulliver line of micro-tents.


Minimalist Trail Sandals

The Chaco Barefoot-Z sandal takes minimal running shoes to the logical extreme.

One final note on all this amazing gear – check the date on the post.


[Via REI blog, Gear Junkie, Runblogger]

Vibram Five Fingers KSO Trek Review: Running in My “Bear” Feet

Vibram Five Fingers KSO Trek

I’ve been running in Vibram Five Fingers off and on for three years now and they are not the miracle shoes that some would have you believe. For one thing, you won’t win any fashion awards. My college-age daughter won’t be seen with my in public when I’m wearing my Five Fingers. And for another thing, they may not cure everything that ails you. When I finish running I still feel like I’ve been run over by a bulldozer. My knees still hurt – just not as much or for as long as when I’m wearing regular running shoes.

The bottom line is that after three years of use my Classics are starting to wear out and I liked them well enough to cash in my REI dividend and upgrade to a pair of KSO Treks. Here are my first impressions.

Fit and Sizing

I followed Vibram’s sizing recommendations and got size 45 – the same size as my Classics, which are a little too snug. To be clear about this, the KSOs run a little large and a 45 in Treks are like a 46 in Classics.

Because the footbed of Five Fingers cup the heel and toes, these shoes won’t “give” with use. For hiking and running it’s probably better to opt for a little loose rather than a little tight if you’re between sizes.

First Run: On the Dusty Road

The KSOs have a thicker sole and this makes a huge difference on the gravelly trails where I do most of my running. There’s still a chunk of ouch! when you step the wrong way on a stone, but it’s far sight better than the thin soles of the Classics.

Keeping Stuff Out

On their “maiden” run the KSOs lived up to their name – the high cut, firm closure and kangaroo leather uppers really did Keep Stuff Out. The Classics, with their “ballet style” cut and stretchy fabric always ingested a certain amount of dirt. Running in the sand was a good way to grind holes in your feet in a hurry.


I have flat feet and at times tape my arches. The way the KSOs strap up they seem to give a decent amount of arch support.

This is a first impression. So far I’ve put the KSOs through a few miles of trail and a game of Night Ultimate Frisbee, and so far so good. These lightweight runners give you the “barefoot” experience without the pain and suffering of actually going barefoot. The quality and workmanship are excellent.

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Searching for the Lost City of Mu

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Is it possible that there is a lost civilization in the mountains above Malibu? Robert Stanley seems to think so. In 1985 he discovered evidence that convinced him that a pre-Chumash civilization once inhabited the region. The book Weird California fleshes out some of Stanley’s observations, noting that he discovered walls, ramparts and foundations that didn’t match the work of any known civilization. In fact, the artifacts of Mu are so unusual that modern archeologists disregard them.

Where are the ruins of Mu that Stanley found? Shrouded in mystery. According to Weird California, Stanley is reluctant to disclose the location, fearing that treasure seekers will ruin the ruins. He did, however leave a few clues:

The site of Mu is overlooked by a megalith that looks like a Sphinx. It is not far from Malibu and…

robert stanley's sphinx

….he left a map:

Unlike most subjects, the more I try and research the Lost City of Mu, the less I find. There is one tantalizing tidbit from the archives of a New Age newsgroup – the 40,000 year old city of the Lemurians can be found near the Pacific Coast Highway, one mile north of the “Cracked Roch picnic area.” (This would be Split Rock on the Mishe Mokwa trail.)

This is hardly a “remote section” as WikiAnswers puts it.

If there’s anything up there, it should be fairly easy to find…