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Jim Clash

Nearly Racing Yachts In Cannes

James M. Clash | Posted 12.04.2011 | Travel
James M. Clash

I took a precautionary Dramamine an hour before heading out and also wore a wrist-band. Earlier in the week, winds topping 20 knots had pushed Eilean 45 degrees to the water during her races.

Final Shuttle Landing Brings Memories of Apollo Astronauts

James M. Clash | Posted 09.16.2011 | Technology
James M. Clash

"As I stepped up onto the ladder, I looked back at Earth in all its splendor -- I call it sitting on God's front porch looking home -- then down at my last footprint and realized, 'Hey, I'm not coming this way again.'"

America's First Woman Space-Walker Remembers Shuttle Rides

James M. Clash | Posted 09.05.2011 | Travel
James M. Clash

"This business consists of riding bombs. And if you do absolutely everything right, you can marshal the energy to do something astonishing like put yourself into orbit. If you do even a few things wrong, it's going to act like a bomb."

Sir Edmund Hillary Built His First Sherpa School 50 Years Ago; Now There Are 63

James M. Clash | Posted 08.01.2011 | Travel
James M. Clash

This week not only marks the 58th anniversary of Sir Edmund Hillary's first ascent of Everest, but the 50th anniversary of the Khumjung School, the first of many educational institutions Hillary built for the Sherpa people.

Scorching Roma in the New Lamborghini Aventador

James M. Clash | Posted 07.23.2011 | Travel
James M. Clash

There's a good reason why experts advise against taking the last ski run of the day. Whether from fatigue, carelessness or a sense of invincibility, it often ends in disaster. In Italy, I found that out for myself.

Castroneves Goes for Fourth Indy 500 Win With Four-Time Champ Mears as Spotter

James M. Clash | Posted 07.13.2011 | Sports
James M. Clash

This year is special at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway: It is the 100th anniversary of the first running of the annual 500-mile race there and Helio Castroneves has a good chance of becoming the Indy 500's youngest four-time champ.

As Astronaut Sally Ride Turns 60, Shuttle Rides to End

James M. Clash | Posted 05.28.2011 | Technology
James M. Clash

On June 18, 1983, Sally Ride rode the Shuttle Challenger into the history books, becoming the first American woman into space. Recently I had a chance to interview Ride, a true space legend.

Japan's Fuji, Mountain of My Birth

James M. Clash | Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel
James M. Clash

In July and August, an estimated 200,000 people climb Fuji. It's so easy that many make the climb at night to see sunrise from the summit.

Hot-Air Ballooning at the Reno Air Races with Brian Jones

James M. Clash | Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel
James M. Clash

They call it "auto racing in the sky." Every year, aircraft owners gather in Reno to compete on big ovals, like NASCAR, except the tracks are in the clouds.

Polar Plunging at the North Pole

James M. Clash | Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel
James M. Clash

In August, 100 adventure tourists and I boarded a Quark Expeditions icebreaker for the two-week cruise to the North Pole.

Lemons Into Lemonade With the Skater Sasha Cohen

James M. Clash | Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel
James M. Clash

Sometimes catastrophe is the perfect catalyst for making lemonade from lemons. Such was the case when I skated with 2006 Torino Olympic silver medalist Sasha Cohen.

Northern Thanksgiving Exposure From the Top of Alaska

James M. Clash | Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel
James M. Clash

A few years back, on a whim, I flew way north for turkey day. While my friends enjoyed Thanksgiving dinners with their families, I sat shivering in a tiny Chinese restaurant in Barrow, AK, chowing down not on turkey but Mongolian beef.