Articles written by: Fletcher Hamel

Developed through several seasons and races, our origins lie in a fateful night in 2007 late into our first 18hr event. We were and still are a team focused on finishing at our own speed (steady), so we took our title from Aesop's old fable the Tortoise and the Hare. The shortened Torti stems back to that late and long first race when we were sleep deprived and loopy. We thought it would be funny to pluralize tortoise the same way as fungus (fungi), and there you have it, Team Torti was born! Now our 'steady' is much more speedy, but we continue to use humor as a team building and coping strategy. To quote some famous turtles of our time: Turtle Power!

A Peek into the World of Mountain Bike Orienteering (MTBO)
Outdoor+Travel / Relax and be healthy

A Peek into the World of Mountain Bike Orienteering (MTBO)

by Fletcher Hamel Have you ever jumped into an activity with both feet only to find yourself nearly drowning? For me, it happened this summer at the World Mountain Bike Orienteering Championships.  Through a self-nominating application process earlier in the spring, I was one of seven athletes named to the [...]

An Introduction to Adventure Racing!
Guest Blogger / Hammock Culture

An Introduction to Adventure Racing!

By Fletcher Hamel, Capt. Team Torti/Aquabound. It has been awhile since I’ve been asked to give an introduction to the sport of adventure racing.  Even with the sport’s exponential growth on the recreational level in the last several years, I find most people still give me a confused stare when [...]