n a breezy October day, professional big-wall climber Quinn Brett clipped the climbing rope for protection at the bottom of the Boot Flake, an exposed pitch about halfway up the iconic Nose route on El Capitan in California’s Yosemite National Park. Brett and her climbing partner Josie McKee moved fast and light up the 3,000-foot […]
The cancer diagnosis felt like the ultimate betrayal. I was a healthy, active, middle-age woman who seldom got sick. In the summer of 2020, I learned I had cancer in my lungs though I’d never smoked a day in my life. Nothing had prepared me for this. I instinctively began thinking through all the things […]
This Op-Ed represents the opinions of The Trust for Public Land. When the pandemic upended the ways that Americans work and play, people turned to parks. As museums, performance halls and gyms closed, green spaces offered their own kind of theater in the dance of light on a stand of pines, their own music in […]
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Mental toughness used to be a key component to indoor cycling. (Well, that or a Netflix subscription.) Now, there are training apps aplenty to keep the boredom at bay and motivation strong when you need to ride indoors. And there’s a good option for all cyclists, whether you’re into virtual competitions, structured training regimens or […]
rowing up in Louisiana, once dubbed “the sportsman’s paradise,” you’d think I’d have at least some bit of familiarity with outdoor life. That hasn’t been the case. It’s not entirely my fault, though: The outdoors was represented to me as a place catering only to the needs of hunters and fishermen. Despite growing up in […]
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Editor’s note: This article was first published on May 29, 2020. It was updated on Dec. 30, 2020 with the latest winter guidelines for responsible recreation. With winter in full swing, many continue to venture outside to ski, snowshoe, hike or play in the snow—and find solace in nature during the current pandemic. But spending […]
Ask any visitor to the Adirondack Park in New York what they like best about it, and you’ll likely get an answer along the lines of “the peace and quiet.” At 6 million acres, it’s easy to find vast areas of rocky peaks, networks of ponds and rivers and more than 2,000 miles of trails […]
Editor’s note: Please consult the CDC or your state health department for information related to the COVID-19 pandemic. When spending time outdoors, please recreate responsibly. Now that winter is here, you might be tempted to hunker down and limit your workouts to inside and online, if that. But you’d be doing yourself a disservice if you […]
evin Bolger knows New York City better than most. Since 1992, Bolger—call him ‘Squid’—has jockeyed the asphalt as a bicycle messenger. That’s nearly 30 years of riding—usually for five hours a day, six days per week—delivering parcels through snowstorms and heatwaves, weaving between gridlocked lanes of honking traffic, dodging delivery trucks and potholes and […]