“If you can take a person and force them beyond their expectations of what they are capable of, the world opens up for them.”
- Stewart Brand

What Sufferfest is All About

The following articles, podcast and books are both inspirational and supportive of what Sufferfest is all about. Our group gets together to do transformatively hard adventures twice a year, and train together throughout the year.

  • Read and listen to the items linked below to learn more about why we do what we do.

  • See what we plan to do Next.

  • Check out the Past Events to learn more about the adventures we have gone on already.

  • Learn more about what to expect and how to train for Sufferfest in the Resources section of the site.

  • If you’re invited, you’ll gain access to the Sufferfesters section.

Inspiration for Sufferfest

The articles below give more reasons and data behind why we do Sufferfest.

THE BIGGEST THREAT FACING MIDDLE-AGE MEN ISN’T SMOKING OR OBESITY. IT’S LONELINESS

"The best way for men to forge and maintain friendships is through built-in regularity — something that is always on the schedule."

LIMITS OF THE KNOWN

By David Roberts

A book about adventures of all kinds and what they mean to us.

Part memoir and part history, this book tries to make sense of why so many have committed their lives to the desperate pursuit of adventure.  

  • What specific forms of courage and commitment did it take for Fridtj of Nansen to survive an eighteen-month journey from a record "farthest north" with no supplies and a single rifle during his polar expedition of 1893–96?

  • What compelled Eric Shipton to return, five times, to the ridges of Mt. Everest, plotting the mountain’s most treacherous territory years before Hillary and Tenzing’s famous ascent?

  • What drove Bill Stone to dive 3,000 feet underground into North America’s deepest cave?

THE LONELY AMERICAN MAN

Credit to Patrick L. for finding this great podcast. 

Key takeaway: Sufferfests are likely literally improving our life expectancy by improving physical and (more importantly) mental health. This is especially important for middle aged men.

“In the spirit of the podcast, smile at and say hello to a stranger today and try to strike up a brief conversation. Also in the spirit of the podcast: you guys are all very important to me.” - Rick

HOW TO MAKE FRIENDS, ACCORDING TO SCIENCE

By Ben Healy

It takes:

  • 50hrs- to go from casual acquaintance to casual friend

  • +40hrs- to become a "real" friend

  • 200hrs total- to become a close friend

The bottom line is that it takes time to build deep relationships so you must devote the time.