Author Archives: James Dilworth

Need another battery for your Mac? Try this

Ok, so here’s the problem. My laptop lasts for 2 hours, maybe three at the most, if I’m lucky. Sometimes you’re on a long flight and you want to get more work done. You need another battery (or a seat …
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Getting online overseas without breaking the bank

Traveling abroad is often like traveling into a black hole. All of a sudden your phone doesn’t work, and with it goes your ability to use maps, find places through Yelp, research travel plans, or do any work. Over the …
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Swimming in the Bay…

I used to marvel at people who’d go swimming in the Bay in the middle of the winter. Swimming in frigid murky water with nothing but a swimsuit. I used to think they were crazy, now people think I’m crazy.

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Singlehanding around the Farallones in a Santana 22

Yesterday, I finally knocked off a long standing goal of sailing around the Farallon Islands in a boat I built myself. – Well, kind of, Pip was a re-build, and I motored for a good chunk of the journey, but …
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Four tips for a good Startup Weekend

Over the last year, I’ve done three “Startup Weekends.” – The idea is to propose ideas, form a team, and then try and create a minimally viable business over the course of a weekend. It’s educational, it’s fun, and in …
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Tips for driving into Mexico

They say Mexico is the new Colombia. But in December 2011 I drove deep into Mexico and encountered a beautiful and wonderful country with none of the things that I’d been told to worry about.
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Cycling Mexico’s Copper Canyons

Mexico’s Sierra Madre and the Copper Canyons are fantastic cycle touring country right on the doorstep for those of us in the Western US. Don’t be put-off by all the scary news, this is an adventure destination at it’s finest.
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Volunteering with Habitat for Humanity in Nicaragua

In March of 2011, I volunteered with Habitat for Humanity in Nicaragua. I put together this short video as thanks to my friends and family who donated $7500 towards this project.
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Packrafting the Cache Creek Wilderness

Cache Creek alongside Hwy 16 is well known destination for summer recreation. But upstream the road leaves the river, and beyond that is the Cache Creek wilderness, a little known and stunningly beautiful watershed.
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Packrafting : The Escalante River in Utah

The latest weapon in my adventure arsenal is the ‘packraft’ and I couldn’t be more excited. In May we took them out for a first expedition down the Escalante River in Utah.
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