Recently, on a mountain biking Facebook group I’m part of, someone mentioned getting hurt because they didn’t listen to their body on a particular day; they went out and rode […]
“In 1957, Dr. Louis Leakey applied for a grant to embark on a six-month study of chimpanzees in the wild He believed that the study might lead to new insights […]
To change the world requires us to radically alter the way we think about our relationship with it. See what that means in this week's piece.
Australia is burning. How bad is it? What can we do?
“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 […]
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.
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 […]