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Words: Chris Brinlee Jr
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Chris Brinlee Jr.

Whether he’s climbing in the Himalayas or writing stories from LA, Chris Brinlee Jr. is an adventurer and storyteller who can’t stay put for more than a few weeks at a time. Follow his adventures on Instagram: @chrisbrinleejr.

DECEMBER 7, 2015

This four-day mountain bike ride through South Africa looks incredible

This 186-mile MTB ride through Botswana, Zimbabwe, and South Africa follows ancient elephant trails, gnarly singletrack, and stony slabs—making for one intense ride. If epic adventure and scenery aren’t enough to convince you to sign up, the fact that the ride’s proceeds go to a local wilderness education program for kids will. Better register quick though, it’s capped at 350 adventurous souls.

Carrie Fisher defends her “Slave Leia” outfit in the most badass way possible

A dad flipped out about a toy showing off Princess Leia’s slave outfit from Return of the Jedi, but the ever so sharp-witted actress had plenty to say to shut him and other critics up. Namely that she killed the “giant saliva testicle” (Jabba the Hutt) who made her wear it. Thanks for keeping our favorite sci-fi fantasies alive, Carrie.

GoPro just dropped the Hero4 Session price to $199

The Hero4 Session is a tiny little cube that can record high-def video and photos from just about anywhere—thanks to its compact size, inherent waterproofing, and simple operation. When it released in July, the camera cost $400. Sales weren’t great, even though the camera was. Fortunately for us, GoPro just slashed the price in half—making this one of the best camera deals around. 

Go listen to Coldplay’s new album right now

It’s apparent that Chris Martin has gotten over his breakup with Gwyneth Paltrow as soon as the cheerful first notes from A Head Full of Dreams ring out. With lines like “You make me feel alive again” and a lead single titled “Adventure of a Lifetime,” it’s hard not to feel great while listening to the poppy rock band’s seventh album.

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