At My Own Pace: A Journey to Spinal Cord Recovery

By |August 7th, 2019|

words and photos by Aubrey Moore :: In a past version of myself, I was convinced of my own immortality. Other people got sick and hurt. Not me. I sustained some injuries and illnesses before, but usually I felt on top of the world. I was physically active: I ran, hiked, swam, biked to and from the grocery [...]

A Bigger Backyard: Connecting Indoor to Outdoor Privilege

By |July 31st, 2019|

words by Lynn Lieu. Photo by Kimberly Lieu Kulak Photography :: I was around 5 years old when I experienced my first stressful situation. I remember staring at the washing machine for the entire hour it ran. The hum. The rumble. The repetitive beating of the cycle. The anxiety that came with not knowing whether he would be [...]

OWA Review: Outdoor Research Women’s Hemispheres Jacket

By |February 26th, 2019|

What: Outdoor Research Women’s Hemispheres Jacket Where to buy: backcountry.com, moosejaw.com, outdoorresearch.com, rei.com, amazon.com, amazon.co.uk Perfect for: outer shell for active pursuits (working your way up the skin track, snowy or windy winter hikes) *Note: I'm part of Outdoor Research’s #ORInsightLab, a team of testers who voluntarily share their findings after testing product. The #ORInsightLab testers are not asked to publish positive [...]

Creating Inclusive Outdoor Spaces as a Female Park Ranger

By |October 18th, 2018|

Andrea Willingham is a former park ranger with the U.S. National Park Service. In this piece, she reflects on what it means to be a female park ranger in the NPS and the importance it holds for women in outdoor spaces. Photo: Wesley Lucas; words + all other photos by Andrea Willingham :: “I’m now officially a park [...]

Climbing Gokyo Ri: The Pain and Joy of Himalayan Dreams

By |August 18th, 2018|

words and photos by Meg Atteberry :: The morning sun shines through the teahouse windows as my climbing partner, John, and guide, Krishna, enjoy a hard-earned breakfast. Spirits are soaring after summiting Nepal’s 17,775-foot Gokyo Ri, but my insides feel like they are being processed through a meat grinder. I poke listlessly at my food. With every passing [...]

From Sea Level to Kilimanjaro

By |August 15th, 2018|

words by Katrin Meiusi :: Our bus screams to a stop at the end of the winding dirt road lined with tin houses and littered with kids kicking dusty soccer balls. Through the fog, I can make out  the gate marking the beginning of Kilimanjaro National Park. I glance back at my four sisters in the seat behind [...]

The Acceptance of Failure: Misadventures in Nepal

By |August 11th, 2018|

It was 8 a.m. and my shirt was already saturated.  With nowhere else to go, the sweat flowed down my back and chest, soaking the pads of my pack. I could feel my feet sliding around in the swamp of my boots, my hard-earned calluses sloughing off in the inescapable humidity. I hadn't seen my alleged "hiking partner" in an [...]

Roots Run Deep: Reclaiming the Black Outdoor Experience through Family History

By |August 9th, 2018|

The smells of honeysuckle and barbecue linger in the humid air as a spring thunderstorm lights up the sky. I was planted in these Arkansas conditions. Called the "Natural State" because of its clear water, rivers, lakes, wildlife, bayous, and mountains, Arkansas is where my roots run deep, and where my connection with nature began. There was a time when being [...]