Let Us Now Praise Crazy Mofos

Jun 1, 2004
Outside Magazine
Crazy Mofos

   Photo: Illustration by Barry Blitt

Adventure sings a bewitching song, and whether the challenge involves climbing a deadly mountain or plunging into a bottomless abyss, a few undaunted individuals hear the call and say, "Why not?"

But you know all about that. What you may have missed is the rarely glimpsed world of obsessive superachievers and foolhardy flakes who crank things up considerably. Like the guy who pedaled off on a bike ride—and kept going for 42 years and 300,000 miles. Or the guy who spent 147 days buried underground, shattering a record set by his mom.

Applaud, gasp, and, yes, laugh, but give these brave souls the respect they deserve. When they stumble by on their mad rounds, take a deep breath, issue a crisp salute, and say, "Wow. Better him than me."

Meet the monk who jogged seven years straight, the Frenchman who walked across the Atlantic, the American who "vacationed" in Iraq, and a mob of other courageous kooks.

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