Alexa Distefano: A Profile in Student Activism

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

Broken Rider: The Art of Getting up After a Fall

“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 a concussion are the proof, she piles on.  In my mind, I respond to this in two ways.  First, maybe she’s right.  Maybe this is…

The Promise of Work and the Work of Promises

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?

The Art of Solitude: How to Be Alone in a World Full of 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 for those battling addiction, depression or some other mental health-related issue.  We also know that socializing with other hoomans is a positive force in terms…

Level II Fun (Part 2): Out of the Pain Cave, Into the Light

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 last one left off.  For those returning to the blog, recall that I had had a very bad day on Mt. Tom, was sunburnt, dehydrated,…

The Magic Bus: Living and Dying on the Stampede Trail

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 two days ago out of Healy, Alaska.  If you’re a reader of this blog you’ve almost certainly either read the book or seen the film. …

Level II Fun (Part 1): The Pain Cave

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.

How (Not) to Give a Wedding Gift

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.

How to Build a Home: Taste the Rainbow Part Two

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.