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The Punk Rockers of Ski Mountaineering

"The notion that there's one dream that we're all after and agreed upon ways in which you can verify that you are indeed living that dream drives me crazy," says Forest McBrian. "Everyone's dream is a little bit different. If there is a dream that we all lust after, then we're all just trying to do what's pushed by the media. Show More Summary

Endangered Spaces--Prince of Wales

"It's like being caught in a spiderweb. You'll find yourself pushing with every part of your body, and no part of your body will be able to move. You're totally trapped by--held by plants," says Elsa Sebastian, describing what it's like to bushwhack through a 25-year old clear cut in Southeast Alaska. Show More Summary

The Year of Big Ideas 2018

"I think the jack of all trades gets a bum rap. The jack is the master of none, but I think the jack probably has a lot of fun," says Fitz Cahall.  This year, we open our annual Year of Big Ideas with an ode to "mediocrity" from Fitz, then turn, as always, to our community for inspiration for the coming year. Happy 2018! 

Growing Down

"I've watched my friends and peers hopscotch across the world," says Fitz Cahall. "Some of them have reached the top of their craft, authored ridiculous lines up mountains, followed rivers into wrinkles of the deepest canyons, found the edge of human endurance. Show More Summary

The Shorts--Zarsian Adventures

"My dad started whistling. That was the first bad sign," Cordelia Zars remembers. "Then walking around the cabin and straightening things. The second. When he tromped up the ladder, rummaged around in the loft, and hollered down at me, 'Oh say, Cord...'? I knew it was over. Show More Summary

The Shorts--T-Day

There's a light-hearted joy in orphan holidays. Thanksgiving in Indian Creek or slaying powder for Christmas may sound like more fun than going 'home' for holidays fraught with family dynamics. At least it felt that way for Katie Wallace.  "Thanksgiving had always been a tough holiday for me," says Katie. Show More Summary

Over the Line

"It's like the Iditarod with a chance of drowning," says Jake Beatty, one of the organizers of a bizarre, crazy race called the Race to Alaska. The course traces 750-miles of Alaska's Inside Passage through complicated currents and tides, busy shipping channels and bear-ridden coastlines from Port Townsend, WA to Ketchikan, AK. Show More Summary

Tales of Terror Vol. 8

For our eighth annual Tales of Terror episode, we have not three, but five stories that span the range of things to fear--from angry men with shotguns, to bears and mountain lions, to things that really don't have any explanation in the world of science.  First, we visit an abandoned Pennsylvania town with Joe Shearer. Show More Summary

The Shorts--Yard Sale

"On a typical day, I taught farmers how to snowplow and chased foreign exchange students through the parking lot as they careened toward diesel pickup trucks," Tyler Neese remembers from his winters in college at an Iowa ski hill. "While...Show More Summary

Endangered Spaces--Boundary Waters

Raising awareness. It seems like every day, someone embarks on a new project to 'raise awareness' about a particular issue, cause, disease, endangered species or threatened public land. But what separates the projects that cut through...Show More Summary

The Shorts--Thirst

"If you're thirsty, you're probably already dehydrated. That's what they say. Those perfect people who always have a clean, happily-colored, reusable adult sippy bottle on hand," says Anya Miller. "Most often, I only realize that I'm thirty when someone offers me a drink. Show More Summary

Winnebago Warriors

"When we were living in a house, we were always compromising because we had the weight of a mortgage, of doing what we thought we should be doing," remembers Kathy Holcombe. Until, the day she, her husband, Peter, and their daughter Abby moved into a Winnebago to travel and work from the road. Show More Summary

The Shorts--Double Vision

"I looked like some mountain man's girlfriend, and sometimes, that's all I felt like," remembers Andrea Ross. "It was easy to hide in Darren's shadow--to let the world knock on his door first."  But after an accident on Mt. Humphreys...Show More Summary

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"Picture walking through a parking lot with a ski mask rolled up on your head and a pistol in your pocket. You're getting closer to the bank, your heart's beating faster, adrenaline's starting to rush through your head, and you can't believe you're about to do what you're about to do," says Roland Thompson. Show More Summary

Endangered Spaces--Katahdin Woods and Waters

"The reason that I was able to do it is because I was incredibly naive," says Lucas St. Clair. "I had no idea how much work it was going to be, when I started. Not a clue."  The thing Lucas did: work to establish Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument in the North Woods of Maine.  We started this "Endangered Spaces" series for two reasons. Show More Summary

The Shorts--Exit Strategy

"Three days from the end of the trip, I started to panic," writes Emma Walker. "I still didn't know what to do with my summer, let alone the rest of my life. Inspiration, as I'd imagined it, hadn't struck. Now, I had to face the realization that I didn't have an exit strategy. Show More Summary

Pedal Strokes and Perspective

"As a brown woman, I stand out," says Mary Ann Thomas. "People came up to me just because they were curious, just because they were like, 'There aren't a  lot of strangers here, we're just interested in who you are as a person-- as a...Show More Summary

Picaflor

When a bad breakup sent him spiraling into a deep depression, Tom Ireson fixated on an unconventional way to get his head straight: "I really needed something to focus my mind on to pull me out of that," Tom says, "and about the biggest...Show More Summary

The Shorts--Let Joy Rule Your Life

"I used to go climbing in the same way people would go to a well, a source of life equally routine and sacred. It would fill me up--leave me refreshed and full after a hard day in the mountains," writes Keith Erps. "After Ryan's death, climbing appeared dark and ugly. Show More Summary

The Bet

Matt Muchna and Peter Journel are best friends, and complete opposites. Matt is spontaneous. Peter is a planner. Matt is an idealist, Peter in a realist. And a few years ago, they made a bet: Peter bet that Matt couldn't climb one of the highest continental peaks for less than $3,000. Show More Summary

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