Charles Bethea

Charles Bethea

Charles Bethea lives in Atlanta.

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Did This Scientist Just Create the Ultimate Shark Repellent?

Normally, not something you want a shark scientist to say. But Eric Stroud is talking about his chemistry-lab quest for the ultimate shark repellent, which he appears to have found. The questions that remain: Does it work on the great white, the ocean’s most fearsome predator? And can a couple of rookie entrepreneurs get it to market?

Charles Bethea
Sep 6, 2017

The Ragtag Crew of Almost Journalists Behind Letsrun.com

For the past two decades, the website LetsRun.com has straddled the lines between gossip, investigative reporting, and hardcore training advice, angering Nike, USA Track and Field, and traditional media in the process. Charles Bethea joined them at the 2016 Olympic Trials in Eugene, Oregon, to figure out how they’ve managed to become the most important, and controversial, outlet in competitive running.

Charles Bethea
Nov 17, 2016

The Trick to Getting BASE-Jumping Insurance? Be American.

Many travel insurance providers don’t cover the deadly sport of wingsuiting. But the case of one American man whose $161 plan covered the $175,000 cost of his air evacuation and treatment shows that it’s possible—under the right circumstances.

Charles Bethea
Oct 12, 2016

A Conversation with Appalachian Trail Record Holder Karl Meltzer

On Sunday morning, Karl Meltzer broke Scott Jurek's year-old Appalachian Trail speed record, completing the 2,190 mile trek in 45 days, 22 hours, and 38 minutes. Here, the winningest 100-mile racer in history tells us how he pulled it off.

Charles Bethea
Sep 20, 2016

High Times with Aspen's Cannabis Kingpin

Jordan Lewis runs the ritziest pot store in the country: Aspen, Colorado's Silverpeak Apothecary, where sommelier-like "budtenders" sell gourmet ganja in a designer showroom. But soon after he arrived, he found himself under siege from locals worried about that skunky smell wafting over their mountain valley. It's enough to drive a man to toke.

Charles Bethea
Mar 4, 2016

High Buys: The Best New Cannabis Gear

Now that legalization is taking hold, there’s a huge array of cannabis products hitting the market. Here are our six favorites.

Charles Bethea
Feb 10, 2016

Durango to Moab on MTB Belongs on Your Bucket List

Riding from Durango to Moab on a mountain bike isn't easy: you cover around 215-miles, climbing 3,500 feet a day, some of it probably during a lightning storm or through thick mud, with temperatures ranging from forty to 115 degrees and plenty of route-finding involved.

Charles Bethea
Jul 31, 2015

Remembering the Google Adventurer

Across the Web, the Silicon Valley executive has been recognized for his role in bringing Street View to Everest and his other accomplishments at Google. Here, two close friends recall the spontaneity and energy that made him so endearing.

Charles Bethea
Apr 26, 2015