By and by contemporary adventure has fallen victim to marketing hype and pricey handheld pursuits dressed up in the guise of doing something dangerous. Time to man up, man. In this case that means more life, death and, perhaps, loincloths.
From the Adventure Journal: “There’s no denying it, we live in a tamer world. Just look at contemporary media: Publications like this one are filled with hobbyists, not adventurers. Rowing across the Atlantic? Ice climbing? Pffttt. That’s nothing. Back in the day, men were under attack by all mean of sharp-toothed carnivores, pagan savages, sex-starved Amazons, and even their arch-rivals in muscle-bound butchness, other men. Just look at the contemporary media of that day, to publications with titles like Stag, Male, Men, Action (The Best in Lusty Adventure), Real, Exotic, and Brave. Now,those were adventures.”
Tom Bie is the founder, editor, and publisher of The Drake. He started the magazine in 1998 as an annual newsprint publication based in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. He then moved it to Steamboat, Colorado (1999), Boulder, Colorado (2001), and San Clemente, California (2004), as he took jobs as managing editor at Paddler, Senior Editor at Skiing, and Editor-in-Chief at Powder, respectively. Tom and The Drake are now both based in Denver, Colorado, where The Drake is finally all grows up(Swingers, 1996) to a quarterly magazine.