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James M. Clash
James M. (Jim) Clash is a seasoned adventure and business journalist.
Jim started at Forbes in 1993 as a reporter, and in 1996 was promoted
to staff writer. In 1998 he wrote a pivotal story on hedge funds,
warning investors of risks and expenses. When Long Term Capital
Management collapsed six months later, Forbes ran a national
advertising campaign "Business Reporting as Tough as Business Itself"
about his story, and he was promoted to associate editor. His book
"Forbes To the Limits" (Wiley, 2003) has received critical acclaim.

In June 2012, Clash's first eBook, The Right Stuff: Interviews with
Icons of the 1960s
was released.

Jim, a fellow and director at The Explorers Club, has purchased a
ticket to fly into suborbital space with Virgin Galactic Airways. His
adventures include skiing to the South Pole; a MiG ride at Mach 2.6 to
the edge of space; driving the Bugatti Veyron at its top speed of 253
mph; climbing the Matterhorn, 23,000-foot Aconcagua and virgin peaks in Greenland and Antarctica; and two visits to the North Pole. He has interviewed adventurers including Neil Armstrong, Chuck Yeager, Sir Roger Bannister, Buzz Aldrin, John Glenn and the late Sir Edmund

Jim has an MBA from Columbia, and a BA from the University of
Maryland. In addition to Forbes, he contributes to AskMen, Automobile,
AutoWeek, Black Ink, Bloomberg-Businessweek, Departures, The Explorers Journal
, The Huffington Post, Relix and Values (Japan). He can be contacted at

Entries by James M. Clash

Sam Schmidt: Inspiration to Racing Fans, Inspiration to Us All

(2) Comments | Posted July 14, 2014 | 12:56 PM

(Sam Schmidt and Robbie Buhl in 2002; author in car. Photo: Steve McNeely, courtesy Jim Clash)

Earlier this summer I ran into an old friend at the Pocono 500: Sam Schmidt.

In an accident qualifying for an IndyCar race at Walt Disney...

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Laid-Back Charlotte, NC - at 170 MPH in an Indy car!

(0) Comments | Posted July 3, 2014 | 10:32 AM

Author on the front straight of Charlotte Motor Speedway. (Photo by Robert Anderson, courtesy of Jim Clash)

Charlotte is known by most tourists for its laid-back, southern charm. But to auto racing fans it's the capital of NASCAR, with its famous "Hall...

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North Shore Surf Makes for Thrills and Spills in Hawaii

(0) Comments | Posted June 23, 2014 | 3:42 PM

(Photo by Rowan Walker - courtesy of Jim Clash)

As a participatory journalist covering extreme adventure, I'm often at the behest of the weather. Sometimes it cooperates, sometimes it doesn't. One Christmas morning a few years back, mother nature gave me a...

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Ian Anderson, a Space Nut?

(0) Comments | Posted June 12, 2014 | 11:16 AM

Who knew Ian Anderson, front-man for the seminal rock group Jethro Tull, is a space aficionado?

The singer and flautist, who grew during the Cold War, was impacted as much by events in the America-Russia space race as his fellow baby boomers and, over the years, has even written space...

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Hiroshima Visit Brings Feelings of Guilt to American Born in Japan

(0) Comments | Posted June 3, 2014 | 10:30 AM

(Genbaku Dome. Photo: Jim Clash)

With a different draft of history the events of Aug. 6, 1945, in Hiroshima may have been avoided, and the uranium genie that killed tens of thousands of people in a split-second might have stayed in its bottle....

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Texas Ring Exacts Toll On Journalist Bull-Fighter

(0) Comments | Posted May 19, 2014 | 5:15 PM

(Photo by Andy Gregory, courtesy of Jim Clash)

"Auto-racing, bull-fighting and mountain-climbing are the only real sports... all others are games." Ernest Hemingway's point when he said that was when genuine risk is involved in competition, an experience becomes more meaningful.

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Sochi Olympics: The Underestimated Violence of Bobsledding

(0) Comments | Posted January 24, 2014 | 2:52 PM

There was a time way before the impending Sochi Olympics when it was fashionable to mock Jamaica for its comic foray into Olympic bobsledding. There was even a movie made about the team's bumbling in 1988 at Calgary. I never saw the flick, but I did find myself chuckling at...

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My Own Piece of the Berlin Wall

(0) Comments | Posted December 30, 2013 | 1:38 PM


Photo by Jim Clash

It was late on a clear chilly night in the fall of 2000 that, for the first time, I caught sight of what's left of the Berlin Wall.

An American baby-boomer with wide-eyed notions of WWII, particularly its...

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Sir Roger Bannister On The Olympics And Oxford's Runners

(0) Comments | Posted July 30, 2012 | 7:00 AM

Watching opening ceremonies for the London Olympics, I was delighted to see the great Sir Roger Bannister present. Bannister was an Olympian in 1952, but he didn't win the gold you might expect from the first man to run a four-minute mile. In fact, he's pretty sure his Olympic-sized disappointment...

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Apollo 11 Flight Director Gene Krantz Explains How To Park On The Moon

(5) Comments | Posted July 21, 2012 | 9:30 AM

Forty-three years ago, Apollo 11's "Eagle" Lunar Module was well on its way to landing on the Moon.

Near the end of the powered descent, Neil Armstrong judged that to land safely, he and crewmate Buzz Aldrin would have to overshoot their targeted area because of a dangerous crater....

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World Record Holding Sky Diver Talks Free Fall

(10) Comments | Posted July 5, 2012 | 7:00 AM

If all goes well this summer, Felix Baumgartner will break the world record for a parachute jump, leaping from 120,000 feet above the earth. Though Baumgartner's weather window began this week, those familiar with the Red Bull-sponsored project say the jump likely will occur in August.

If the Austrian daredevil...

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Lindbergh Comes Full Circle With Apollo Astronauts At Explorers Club

(0) Comments | Posted June 8, 2012 | 7:00 AM

As a longtime fellow of The Explorers Club, I sometimes forget what a storied institution I am part of. Recently, though, I was reminded squarely of what the Club really represents.

The century-old not-for-profit, headquartered in the historic Lowell Thomas Building in New York, has a list of members that...

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Mercury Astronaut Scott Carpenter Celebrates 50-Year Flight Milestone

(0) Comments | Posted May 30, 2012 | 6:54 PM

Fifty years ago -- on May 24, 1962 -- astronaut Scott Carpenter blasted off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, in his Mercury Aurora spacecraft en route to three orbits of the Earth.

That trip is pretty tame by today's space standards, but back then it was real cutting-edge exploration. Carpenter...

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Marco Andretti: One to Watch This Weekend at Indy

(1) Comments | Posted May 24, 2012 | 7:26 PM


It seems that every driver in this weekend's Indianapolis 500 has an interesting back-story -- good, bad or ugly.

There's the old guard, represented by Helio Castroneves. At 37, the Brazilian has won three Indy 500s for Roger Penske (he also won "Dancing...

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Divers Embrace The Nuclear History Of Bikini Atoll (PHOTOS)

(8) Comments | Posted May 12, 2012 | 7:00 AM

If you were to make a list of top 10 scuba dives for history buffs, this one would just have to be near the top.

Far off in the Pacific Ocean, 200 feet below the surface, sit a dozen radioactive warships. The fleet includes the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Saratoga, the...

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Skiing To The South Pole

(3) Comments | Posted April 4, 2012 | 7:00 AM

The Amundsen-Scott Station, a scientific research base, sits atop the most desolate patch of snow on earth: the geographic South Pole.

Carbon dioxide freezes to dry ice at -109 degrees Fahrenheit. By South Pole standards, that's just a nippy day. Winter temperatures have dipped to -117 degrees. It's easily the...

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Disposing Of Live Bombs In Germany

(6) Comments | Posted February 28, 2012 | 6:00 AM

Watching Hollywood celebrate "The Artist" as last year's best picture on Sunday was reassuring and reminiscent of "The Hurt Locker's" win in 2010. Both films are refreshing evidence that the movie business is not always about catering to the least common denominator.

In fact, I was so moved by that...

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Nearly Racing Yachts In Cannes

(0) Comments | Posted October 4, 2011 | 3:25 PM

Mother nature more often than not dictates success or failure for a given outdoor adventure. Extreme temperature, wind and precipitation normally don't bode well for success.

But in classic yacht racing at least one of those things, wind, is necessary.

Officine Panerai, the high-end Italian watchmaker, runs its Classic...

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Final Shuttle Landing Brings Memories of Apollo Astronauts

(0) Comments | Posted July 17, 2011 | 6:38 PM


With the final Shuttle landing (Atlantis) scheduled for July 20 -- the 42-year anniversary of Apollo 11's historic lunar landing -- I've been trying to find appropriate words to mark the occasion. As with all Americans, I have mixed feelings, but mostly ones of...

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America's First Woman Space-Walker Remembers Shuttle Rides

(2) Comments | Posted July 6, 2011 | 11:46 AM

With the last shuttle launch scheduled for July 8, there is uncertainty about the future of America's manned space program. Until private industry develops a Shuttle replacement in a few years, the U.S. will be beholden to Russia, our space opponents, for rides to the International Space Station. The going...

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