Teens in the backcountry

Posted by Kim Freitas on January 19, 2017 7:27:25 AM MST

Chris Mayers dropped into Corbet’s Couloir at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort when he was 5 years old.

The run is on the top of most expert skiers’ bucket lists, but it’s just a stepping stone for most of Jackson Hole’s youth.

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First African-American Crewmember To Join The International Space Station

Posted by Kim Freitas on January 18, 2017 1:49:15 PM MST

Astronaut Jeanette Epps made African-American history on Wednesday when NASA announced that she’ll be the first black American astronaut to board the International Space Station. 

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Ladakhi Women’s Welfare Network Founder Thinlas Chorol to Speak at Yale

Posted by Kim Freitas on January 17, 2017 10:03:09 AM MST

Besides being the most famous female mountain guide in the Himalayas Thinlas Chorol has also become the most important voice for social justice for women and girls in that part of Asia as founder and president of Ladakhi Women’s Welfare Network . Chorol, founder of Ladakhi Women’s Welfare Network, known as LWWN, will speak at Yale University on Feb. 4.

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16 Questions with Wilderness Medic Dave Webber

Posted by Kim Freitas on January 16, 2017 9:55:17 AM MST

Dave Weber has worked as a rescue technician, remote site medic and skills instructor for the last 15 years. He works as a mountaineering ranger on Denali and as the Lead Medic for Denali National Park, a critical care paramedic for Intermountain Life Flight, a lead guide for the Khumbu Climbing Center, an instructor for the American Avalanche Institute, the NOLS Wilderness Medicine Institute and Remote Rescue Training. 

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Our Public Lands Are More Than Easy Money

Posted by Kim Freitas on January 11, 2017 11:22:49 AM MST

In the spring of 1991 I headed south to Utah to work my first canyon hiking course for the National Outdoor Leadership School.

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NASA Sending First African-American Astronaut to International Space Station

Posted by Kim Freitas on January 9, 2017 8:02:47 AM MST

NASA is known making strides forward in pioneering space- now they’re also making strides forward in diversity.

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Why You Must Try Mountaineering At Least Once In Your Life

Posted by Kim Freitas on January 5, 2017 9:32:33 AM MST

Why do we climb? It’s hard to intellectualise the answer, as any mountaineer knows. To be honest, the only true answer is that we, the mountaineers, feel the call of the mountains, and have no option but to answer.

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An Irresistible Glow: the Hypnosis Of Bioluminescence

Posted by Kim Freitas on January 3, 2017 2:18:54 PM MST


Often, it is the bioluminescent phytoplankton that leave the greatest impression on travelers. Lynn Petzold has seen her fair share of bioluminescence during her twenty-three years as a faculty instructor for NOLS, but her most remarkable experience came recently, while leading a two-week kayaking course in the Sea of Cortez in February of 2014.

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New Decision Results In Permanent Protection of the Wyoming Range

Posted by Kim Freitas on December 27, 2016 8:23:52 AM MST

For decades, Wyoming hunters and anglers have pushed for permanent protection of the Wyoming Range, a refuge for fish and wildlife that spans 1.2 million acres. Yet, because of a questionable legislation that didn’t address 30 lease parcels that fall within the area, which is protected by the Wyoming Range Legacy Act of 2009, approximately 39,400 acres were in flux. Last week’s U.S. Forest Service (USFS) decision to not allow any leasing within this region means that the longstanding battle for habitat preservation is finally over – and in favor of hunters, anglers and wildlife supporters rather than oil and gas.

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James Edward Mills talks about why the face of outdoor adventure must change

Posted by Kim Freitas on December 22, 2016 10:10:01 AM MST

James Edward Mills and I met some years back when I eavesdropped on his conversation at the Outdoor Retailer show in Salt Lake City, Utah, with Michael Kennedy, then editor-in-chief at Alpinist. Mills and Kennedy were discussing a team of African American mountaineers who were training to climb Denali. Mills, in fact, was in the midst of drafting a piece for Alpinist about what he termed "the adventure gap" (later published in Alpinist 40). What were the reasons, wondered Mills, for the underrepresentation of African Americans and other people of color in the great outdoors?

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