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October 15, 2014

THE RISE OF WOMEN IN SPORTS

By: Anna McNuff
The rise of female athletes and attention on women’s sports is encouraging. By increasing participation and having positive, visible role models, we can get more women in sports. More
Pack Story
October 8, 2014

Cycling Around the World

By: Alice Goffart
Alice Goffart tells us what it was like cycling around the world with her family. Their bike trips are an unstructured, relaxing and fun way to experience other cultures. More
5k isn't very far. It's just over three miles, or according to my FitBit pedometer around 3,000 steps. Steps are easy, I take them every day: usually between 5,000 to 12,000 of 'em. I've been taking steps on and off, for nearly 30 years. More
Get tips from the Tougas family to avoid hiking injuries on the trail. When you’re long-distance hiking, avoiding injury is a serious concern and these tips can help you stay on your trip. More
Pack Story
September 17, 2014

Something to aim for: couch to 5k

By: Alan Martin
If you missed my first post on The Pack, all you really need to know is that I am a writer first and a runner second. In fact, I may be a runner sixth or seventh depending on how enthusiastic I feel about cats or barbecue food on a given day. These blog posts catalogue my attempts at getting better. More
Discover the benefits of trail running. Cure road-running malaise and even running injuries from pavement wear and tear by hitting the trails. More
Always be better than you person best by constantly striving for a new personal record (PR). Aim each day to be better than the day before. More
Pack Story
August 27, 2014

Be a Tourist in Your Own Town

By: Ed Hewitt
Explore your city. You don’t have to be a world traveller to discover something new. Recently Ed Hewitt, a London native, set off to do some sightseeing and visit local London attractions, cementing for him the benefits of being a tourist in your own town. More
Discover the benefits of alternative transportation on your morning commute. Green transportation alternatives like biking or running are not only good for the environment, they’re a good way to get in your workout More
If the incredible men and women writing about their feats of endurance are rightly called Merrell Alphas, I’m a Merrell Gamma at best. In fact, me writing about running is a bit like a goldfish penning a column on castles: sure, he may have seen a replica of one in his bowl, but he’s probably still not best placed to write a piece about Neuschwanstein. More
Pack Story
July 30, 2014

53 Days At Sea

By: Dan Howie
Learn about Dan Howie’s 53 days at sea during his rowing race across the Atlantic. With no experience, Howie decided to row across the Atlantic in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge. Find out how he and friend Will North fared in their quest. More
What’s it like to have your finish line be your starting line? Read on to hear about Ben Rolfe’s decision to complete two ultra-trail runs back to back – one of which was the Cro-Magnon Extreme Race. More
Pack Story
July 16, 2014

A Red Centre Adventure

By: Rian Cope
Rian Cope tells us about his cross-country bike trip along the Red Centre Way in Australia. Learn from his decision to turn back, and his decision to go back and try the Oodnadatta Track again this year. More
Pack Story
July 9, 2014

Swimming the Mighty Amazon River

By: The Pack Team
Learn more about Martin Strel and how he broke a long-distance swimming record when he swam the Amazon River in 2007. Battling piranhas, crocodiles, exhaustion and several near-death experiences while swimming the Amazon, Strel made it through. More
Pack Story
July 2, 2014

Trails and Tribulations

By: Sam Guinness
Looking to do some trail running in Hong Kong? Learn more about Sam Guinness' experience on the Maclehose Trail in the Vibram HK100. A diverse and scenic race, the HK 100 is an exhausting adventure over the hills and valleys of beautiful Hong Kong. More
Pack Story
June 25, 2014

London2London: Via the World

By: Sarah Outen
Rowing across the ocean, biking across Europe and Asia, kayaking across major bodies of water – Sarah Outen is on a mission to get from London2London using all man-powered travel. More
Pack Story
June 18, 2014

An Unlikely Adventurer

By: Emily Bell
Jamie is the first person ever to complete an unsupported, cross-Canada run. The coast-to-coast run included a total of 200+ marathons; covering more than 5,000 miles in 11 months and raising more than $200,000 for children’s charities in the UK and Canada in the process. More
Pack Story
June 11, 2014

Pirates of the Danube

By: Jamie Bowlby-Whiting
After cycling 1,000 miles across Europe on a $50 bicycle, I was in need of a new mode of transport and wanted to push my boundaries in a new direction by travelling in a more unorthodox way. I had ended my trip near the Danube River in Slovakia, offering me the perfect opportunity of fulfilling a childhood dream and utilizing the river as a mode of transport: I would become a pirate. More
Pack Story
June 4, 2014

Chuckanut Or Bust

By: Emily Snayd
Read how Emily Snayd found strength and peace through the Chuckanut 50k trail run. Held each year in Fairhaven, Washington, the Chuckanut is an ultramarathon that takes you along interurban trails and up Chuckanut Mountain Ridge. More
Get inspired to say yes to more after reading about Dave Cornthwaite’s adventures with non-motorized transportation. Each of the 25 journeys of Expedition 1000 is 1000 miles or more long & completed using a different mode of non-motorized transport. More
Pack Story
May 21, 2014

Enduroman Arch to Arc Triathlon

By: Mark Bayliss
Read how Mark Bayliss’ boredom with everyday adventure races led him to sign up for the Enduroman Arch to Arc triathlon, what it took to get there, and how he set a new world record. More
We all want to finish the race. But sometimes you just have to pull the plug… Check out these running tips for finishing a race and knowing when to be OK with DNF. More
“I want to run lots of marathons and join the Hundred Marathon Club. I also want to get the club’s crest tattooed on my backside.” These probably weren’t the exact words of my husband, Jon, but then again it was about four years ago when he embarked on his goal and there have been so many races that some of the detail has become a bit fuzzy. More
For endurance athletes, qualifying for Kona, and eventually getting to compete in the Ironman Triathlon is a top-tier experience. Learn more about triathlete Jack Cartwright’s quest for Kona. More
As a reader of this blog, presumably you're genuinely excited by the great outdoors, exploration and adventure. Well that enthusiasm is the first step towards getting sponsored, as you'll see. More
Pack Story
April 23, 2014

Running on Despite Sports Injuries

By: Emily Bell
Sometimes you can power through sports injuries, sometimes they knock you out of the competition. So how do you know when to continue performing despite running injuries & more? More
Earlier this year I completed the Coast to Coast, New Zealand’s longest single-day multisport race. There was a time when I would have said this was the toughest challenge I had ever faced. More
Learn how Nate Sanel is planning to take on the longest continuous endurance race in the U.S. – the Tahoe 200. This mountain race is Lake Tahoe’s ultramarathon, and it’s going to take power, strength and mental agility to get through. More
As a fitness and health professional, my personal agenda is to increase women’s accessibility to fitness and sports in a way that dodges the pitfalls of modern pressures on female bodies. This isn’t about sugar free Jell-O and thigh gap; this is about experiencing life with excitement. More
Well, it's been a few months now since I completed my 18,000 mile unsupported world cycle. I'm still trying to find my feet and get back into the swings of things at home. It's quite a good feeling when I look back and think I've now completed everything I set out to do seven years ago, after I had a motorcycle accident. More
Take your cross training to another level with a cross-country bike trip. Learn about Merrell Pack member Anna McNuff's bike ride across America. More
It was a stupid, stupid mistake; but in mere milliseconds, I lost months of work, lost my goals, and lost a serious part of my identity and confidence. It sounds dramatic, but a training injury released a far greater crisis than I would have ever anticipated. More
Pack Story
March 5, 2014

Introducing our GODZone alphas

By: The Pack Team
Earlier this week, we told you about our Merrell Alpha Pack adventurers jetting off to New Zealand to take part in the GODZone adventure. This grueling 300-mile-plus, multi-discipline race takes in the mountainous Kaikoura region of New Zealand's southern island. More
Sean Conway wanted a challenge and he got one: swimming from Land's End to John O' Groats had never before been attempted... More
Pack Story
February 12, 2014

Climbing Mount Kenya

By: Michael Chambers
After a failed Everest expedition full of drama and tragedy, Merrell Alpha and experienced climber Michael Chambers set out to conquer Mount Kenya in three days. What could possibly go wrong? More
Pack Story
February 5, 2014

Trek to the North Pole

By: Eric Larsen
Merrell Alpha Eric Larsen made an oath never to return to the North Pole. So why's he so determined to return? And why might his latest arctic expedition be his – or anyone's – last trek to the North Pole? More
Pack Story
January 29, 2014

From completer to competitor

By: Tobias Mews
The majority of people taking part in a race simply want to finish. Their main competition is themselves. But how do you make that jump from ‘completing’ to ‘competing’? More

When you're craving adventure but can't leave your desk, check out some of these inspirational trail stories from the Merrell Pack. Told by our Alpha pack members, the Pack stories on our blog span a breadth of outdoor activities worldwide. These firsthand accounts of multi-day challenges, first-time adventures and getting over injuries are inspiring hiking and running stories, written to get you up and outside so you can tell some of your own. Check back each week to read a new pack story and find your motivation and inspiration for the journey ahead. In the meantime, browse our men's hiking boots, women's running shoes and more to find the footwear you need for all your outdoor adventures.

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