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.
What happens when a society stops valuing thinking as work? What happens when commodities become more important than the people that produce them?
Why do people go outside? I mean, besides the obvious, like having to go to work or move from the house to some other point in the world. What draws […]
I was running down the mountain as fast as I could, while still being safe, trying to quickly return to the car to retrieve water so that I could hike […]
Dear Readers, As I continue to try to find a work life balance that works for this blog, as well as the time to keep original content coming, please check […]
Last night I had the strangest dream. I was driving in an SUV, ran over a lovely flower bed on some private land and momentarily got stuck in a man-made […]
In Ben Montgomery’s eye-opening profile, Grandma Gatewood’s Walk: The Inspiring Story of the Woman Who Saved the Appalachian Trail, readers encounter the real life folk heroin Emma Gatewood. On the […]
(A quick note: while the gender of the speaker remains undetermined, I sometimes use the masculine for the sake of simplicity and consistency. It seems easier than having to repeatedly […]
I had to stop to breathe; this mountain was kicking my ass. The slopes at the base of the cliffs were talused, debris-filled, and more resembled sand than soil. Trees […]
(Cover Image: Fred Beckey) Virtually anyone who climbs, has ever picked up a climbing magazine, seen Reel Rock, or any YouTube video on climbing, knows the term “dirtbag”. The general […]