And yet, Alexa has beat overwhelming odds to become who she is today. She didn’t grow up in a home that encouraged a sustainable lifestyle/behavior, or even one that displayed an awareness of such. She grew up in a household where mom struggled, and struggles, with addiction and mental health issues—nearly 20% of Americans live with a mental illness, and nearly 50% of all Americans will experience a mental health related issue in their lifetime (#endstigma)—and a father who was supportive of pretty much anything, even quitting
Australia is burning. How bad is it? What can we do?
What is love? Among other questions, Alma Katsu's horror novel 'The Hunger' deconstructs the concept. In world where everyone possesses the ability to choose to be monstrous, how do we choose right? More importantly, once we become monsters, is there redemption? One way to find out.
“You’re gettin’ too old to be doin’ this shit!” That’s my wife, giving me the ol’, “I told you so” speech. Two broken arms, bone contusions in both wrists, and […]
There are some books that are so bad they're good. This is not one.
In this post, a guest blogger, "The Peripatetic", responds to and builds on a previous post by Mountain Buddha. What happens, they ask, to society in a world that increasingly removes the one thing required for relationships: people?
Too often, we associate being alone with negativity. We associate being alone with loneliness, depression, brooding, etc. There is certainly truth to the fact that isolation can be negative, particularly […]
If you’re new to this blog and haven’t yet read Level II Fun, Part I, you might want to go back and do so. This post picks up where the […]
Another hiker has died trying to reach the magic bus, the bus made famous by the 2007 Sean Penn film Into the Wild, starring Emile Hirsch. That’s the headline from […]
Why do we consciously choose to do things that cause us pain in the moment, only in retrospect to look back and say, "You know what? That was fun." The outdoors community refers to this as level II fun. Some of the answers may be found here.
What does a Nature lover and adventure writer gift to friends for their wedding? It may not be what you think. The next installment in the How (Not) To series is a little funny, a little serious, and all good. Names and deets have been changed to protect the innocent.
We who are asking to expand these definitions to create a more inclusive atmosphere are not also demanding that the industry eliminate the grandiose; rather, we ask that the humble also be part of what it means to adventure.
Let me first say that this piece will not really be political. At least, I don’t think so. What it will be is a defense of our national parks, which […]
Why are the outdoors and so many of its brands so white? In this essay I ask those questions, and try to provide a couple of answers.
When people hear that someone is majoring in English, chances are they think, “Oh, you are going to teach.” Or, “Man, what in God’s name are you going to do […]
What happens when a society stops valuing thinking as work? What happens when commodities become more important than the people that produce them?