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"Run or Die" by Kilian Jornet
The elite Spanish ultrarunner who, among other honors, won the 2011 Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run and holds the fastest known time on the Tahoe Rim Trail tells his story. Included is a description of his childhood, in which his mom took him on an 11,000-foot mountain climbing jaunt at age 5.
This novelty item a chilled pillow isn't specifically marketed for either camping or travel, but it certainly would come in handy during a sweltering summer sleeping outdoors. It stays at room temperature or cooler, without refrigeration. Put in, atop or inside your pillow case. Or, if you really want to chill out, toss it in the hotel minifridge for a half-hour before bedtime.
Ten of the world's toughest bike rides www.lonelyplanet.com/france/travel-tips-and-articles/77755
Lonely Planet writer Joe Minihane shares his favorites:
1. Col du Tourmalet, France (extreme climbing in the Pryenees)
2. L'Alpe d'Huez, France (8.6-mile climb, with switchbacks)
3. El Camino de la Muerte, Bolivia (steep 3,000-meter descent on the "Death Road")
4. Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi, Vietnam (16-day excursion with many hills)
5. Passo di Gavia, Italy (the hardest climb of the Giro d' Italia)
6. Manali to Leh, India (multiday trek through the Himalayas)
7. Lake Louise to Whistler, Canada (weeklong ride through the Rockies and Canada's Coast Mountains)
8. Cape Epic, South Africa (biking on hilly dirt roads and single-track)
9. Alto de L'Angliru, Spain (a 10 percent climb for 8 miles)
10. Three Peaks Challenge, Australia (You have 13 hours to ride 146 miles over three mountains in this race)
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