Do hobbies matter? To what degree and why? Perhaps, more than we ever thought possible.
Taste the Rainbow: Diversity, Inclusion, and the Outdoors Community
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. (This is a repost from 2019)
To Be, or Not to Be… Prepared
I had prepared for everything: food, snacks, extra clothing (layers), the elements, hydration. Everything but the terrain.
Buffalo Soldiers: The (Almost) Forgotten History of America’s First NPS Rangers
Who were America’s first ranger in the National Parks System? The Buffalo Soldiers. Black troops of the 9th and 10th Cavalry of the U.S. Army. This is the story of their work in the NPS.
Can’t Stop: Physical Exhaustion and Mental Health
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 when they should have listened to their body and stayed home, taken the day off. I wrote a reply, relating my two broken elbows the…
Jane Goodall: Modern Prophet for a Modern Age
“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 about the behavior of early man. Suspicious of prevailing attitudes in the scientific community, Leaky sought a researcher who could go into the field with…
You've Got a Friend in Me: Rethinking Our Relationship with the Natural World
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 Burning: What’s Happening and How to Help
Australia is burning. How bad is it? What can we do?
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 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…