Thoughts from the desk of MATHIAS EICHLER

Olympic Gold In Alpinism

I didn’t know this and I totally love it:

The story goes like this: In 1924, at the closing ceremonies of the first Winter Olympics in Chamonix, Baron Pierre de Coubertin—father of the modern Olympics and first IOC chairman—awarded the members of the 1922 British Mount Everest expedition, including George Mallory, gold medals for “absolute heroism on behalf of all of the nations of the world.” (When he conceived of the modern Olympics in 1894, De Coubertin envisioned medals being given for both aeronautics and alpinism. The last medals in alpinism, a pair of silvers, were given to Reinhold Messner and Jerzy Kukuczka at the Calgary Games in 1988 for each man’s completion of all 14 of the world’s 8,000-meter peaks, though Messner refused the medal.)

Everest, Lhotse, and Nuptse – In a single Push

Kenton Cool does the Khumbu Triple Crown. Insane and insanely awesome.


People don’t buy Things…

… people are sold things.

Great graphic.

Detoxing is Stupid

Because overdoing it is the American way, we’ve now managed to warp even healthy habits into a new form of eating disorders. Welcome to the era of orthorexia.

Fantastic, and doh again.

Reading some of the “clean” living writing out there, including bestselling books by authors with cult-like followings, you can find dubious claims about “detoxing” – which is not a real thing unless maybe you don’t have a liver.

Fracking creates Earthquakes

The number of earthquakes in Oklahoma has increased dramatically over the past years. There are now more measurable quakes in OK than California or Alaska. Why? Fracking.

No, thank you. Oh, and doh!

… Here is what will


“We need to create conditions where we don’t have to change as many minds about vaccines in the first place.”

How to Peel an Egg

Oh, I just went down the Youtube rabbit hole. But weekend is coming and eggs must be had for breakfast. The link above shows a super easy trick on how to peel hard boiled eggs. Haven’t tried it yet myself, but I certainly will tomorrow.
As to the rabbit hole that is Youtube: When searching for the same peeling idea in English I found dozens of other ways to quickly or simply, sometimes both, ways to peel eggs. Fascinating what Youtube can be good for.

Summer is Coming

And the mountains are beckoning.

It’s the big one—Mount Rainier—with nearly 9,000 feet of elevation gain, roughly 2/3 the amount of oxygen available versus sea level, and 50+ pounds of weight on your back.

Get going!

Ride the Water

Schiller Bike:

“…So many bodies of water. Let’s go bike them all.”

Insanely expensive, but I love the idea of ‘riding a bike across the water’.

Germany is less Car-Reliant than US

Well, doh.

For two Western powers with comparable wealth, democratic governments, legacy car companies, long histories of massive highway investment, and a shared affection for David Hasselhoff, the United States and Germany have followed dramatically different trajectories when it comes to automobile reliance. In the chart below, we list the various ways the countries diverge on driving trends.

What the article failed to mention is the fact that Stuttgart is the home of both Porsche and Mercedes-Benz. So the people who live and work there are even more likely to use the car than anywhere else in Germany. Because they all drive really nice cars.

Vaccine exemption rates for every Washington school

If you want to get really really mad at society today I suggest you check out this article and tool by the Seattle Times listing every school in Washington State and their vaccination rate.

I already moved as far West as I possibly could, and yet the stupidity of people seems to follow me everywhere.

Mount Hood Beer Glas

In excellent Kickstarter campaign of the week I present you the amazing:

NORTH DRINKWARE : Mt. Hood, The Oregon Pint Glass
by Nic Ramirez, Matt and Leigh Capozzi

What a brilliant idea, and already funded. Congrats.

Helicopters on Everest?

Greg Veronvage, a Base Camp manager at the AAC gathering last weekend:

“I’m in favor of using helicopters to bypass the ice fall before April first,” he told me. “We’re taking in the ballpark of 70 loads—6,800 meters of rope, pickets, ice screws, tents, oxygen for Sherpas. We’re not talking about luxuries, we’re not bringing up espresso machines, rugs, and caviar.”

This is just the worst. But not surprising, I suppose.


Is the social media tool for outdoor lovers. Just found it and downloaded the app. Pretty slick idea but with still some rough edges. The team reached out to me on Twitter and said that a 3.0 version is in the works and will be released soon. So, if you’re always wanted a place to post awesome pictures of your hikes and other outdoor endeavors and need a place for inspiration and community this app might be it.

Use WordPress

Ben Brooks makes a very compelling case to stick with WordPress for your blogging platform and I agree with him wholeheartedly:

If your site is taking active time of yours to work on, you’re doing it wrong. If your site restricts your flexibility to grow, scale, and customize — you’re doing it wrong. If you can’t publish from any browser, anywhere in the world, with no special tools, you’re doing it wrong.

Craft Beer since 1979?

Budweiser ran a shitty ad during the Superbowl, essentially making fun of craft breweries while in the process of buying them left and right and trying to keep their brands alive. It’s shitty and it’s typical and not surprising. And I am not in anyway defending them.

But the craft breweries have their own hypocrisies to deal with and in their spoof video response (at .20 sec into the commercial) they flash a “since 1979″ on the screen. Is that suppose to say that craft breweries have been existing for around 30+ years?

Doesn’t that somewhat discount 100’s if not 1000’s of years of craft brewing expertise from all over the world?

The Weihenstephan Brewery can trace its roots at the abbey to 768, as a document from that year refers to a hop garden in the area paying a tithe to the monastery.

Yeah, they also don’t brew peachy pumpkin ales. They brew beer there. Four ingredients, the way God intended beer to be brewed!

Atlas Obscure

Fantastic idea:

Atlas Obscura is the definitive guide to the world’s wondrous and curious places.

Wish the website would have a better way of searching by map though.

Jeep Renegade

Looks like Honda Element. But Honda discontinued it. I sort of liked the Honda Element. We used to have one but downgraded because we felt like it was too big,  that damn windshield constantly dinged and the gas milage sucked. But overall it was a great car, especially the interior was brilliant. Great washable cloth and flexible seating to allow for a ton of storage. Awesome for the outdoors.

Next time I’m at a Jeep dealership I should take a test drive… just a test drive of course.

PS: Saw the car during an ad at the Superbowl. Millions well spent.

‘There’s Soup in my Bowl

My newsletter went out yesterday, just before kickoff.

You should sign up.

This makes me feel so much better

…about yesterday’s heartbreaking loss of the Seahawks in the Super Bowl.

Vox explains:

“With 26 sec on 2nd&g, you have to pass at least once to be able to use all 4 downs if necessary. Passing on 2nd keeps NE honest on 3 & 4 dn”