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“In the Alaska Range there is nothing but an unending hugeness.” Read More
Gavin McClurg flies past Denali. Photo: Jody MacDonald
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A Letter-Writing Party to Protect Bears Ears

By Matty Van Biene   |   Oct 20, 2016 October 20, 2016

Editor’s note: Tommy Caldwell appeared in a video for social media, Matty Van Biene hosted a letter-writing party, Josh Ewing works for a non-profit group—the ways to help Bears Ears are many but the time to act is now. The Bears Ears Coalition is seeking permanent protection for this magical region… Read More

Photo: Euan Ryan/Finalcrux Films

Marlene on Trad

By Robbie Phillips   |   Oct 18, 2016 October 18, 2016

One of my earliest outdoor climbing experiences was at the crags around the quaint countryside village of Dunkeld. An escarpment of Schist can be seen escaping from the deep forest high on the hill just beyond the village. It was here that I would spend many a day for ten years. Read More

Anne Gilbert Chase in the Garhwal
Himalayan vastness. Uttarakhand, India. Photo: Jason Thompson

The Storm

By Anne Gilbert Chase   |   Oct 12, 2016 October 12, 2016

As I swung my tools into the unconsolidated snowy headwall and tried to catch something that would hold my weight, I looked down and saw Jason and Caro huddled together at a hanging belay. In the gathering dark, they were trying to avoid the constant barrage of snow and ice… Read More

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Photo: Tim Davis

Fair Trade: The First Step

By Rose Marcario   |   Oct 10, 2016 October 10, 2016

You may be familiar with the “Fair Trade Certified” symbol and its assurance that some of the money spent on a bag of coffee or bar of chocolate goes directly to its producers and stays in their community. Patagonia, in partnership with Fair Trade USA, now makes clothes… Read More

Photo: Carla Malloy

Reflecting on the Future

By Chris Malloy   |   Oct 5, 2016 October 5, 2016

My three kids are young, too young for me to wax politics with. Nothing worse than an 8-year-old reciting slogans they don’t understand. For now, I’m getting them in the hills, letting them feel the cold and the growl in their bellies after a long day out. I’m doing my best… Read More

Photo: Karina Sporring

Iberá National Park

By Rose Marcario   |   Oct 3, 2016 October 3, 2016

I am writing to announce the donation of 375,000 acres to the Argentine government to create the new Iberá National Park in Argentina, and to ask you to join with me to celebrate Kris Tompkins and her team’s remarkable achievement. Their donation is contiguous to the 1,375,000-acre Iberá… Read More

Photo: Fredrik Marmsater

The Worst Idea

By Luke Nelson   |   Sep 20, 2016 September 20, 2016

“You don’t have to be crazy,” Ty likes to say, “but it helps.” I’ve stopped counting how many times over the years these words have described our harebrained outings. Right then, I was trying to focus on surviving the current one. Anything that actually resembled running had stopped hours ago. Read More

Photo: Mikey Schaefer

The Magic of Yosemite National Park

By Timmy O’Neill   |   Sep 16, 2016 September 16, 2016

The national park system may not have saved my life but it definitely allowed me to truly discover and continually define it. Following an abysmal 13th grade at an entry level university and an equally lamentable year employed in one of the most dangerous professions, I bolted west to manifest… Read More