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)
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…
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.
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…
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.
Emergency Blog Post: Trump’s Attack on Our National Parks
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 are badly in need of repair and are already operating on a shoe-string budget. Tonight, as America celebrates the birth of a nation, Trump plans…
In Through the Out Door: How Going Out Into Nature Leads Us In to Our Truest Selves
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 those of us inspired by nature out? Why do some people choose to suffer through freezing rain, sleet, sub-zero temperatures: or risk injuries that range…
Adventure Time: Redefining Adventure for Everyone
When modern readers think of or read about adventure they’re probably reading about epic journeys of discovery, or thinking about trail blazers who risked life and limb in search of an ultimate prize: Roald Amundsen, the Norwegian explorer and his team of four were the first to make it to the geographic South pole in…