September 17, 2019

Uncommon Challenge: Go Backpacking Out Your Front Door

Urban Backpacking

July 28, 2019, mile 8.92: I am inside my tent’s vestibule in the front yard of my ex-roommate’s single-story, beige house in the semi-industrial part of Seattle called Georgetown. The thin tent fly separates me from the morning chill, though it does little to drown out the sound of cars flying up the on-ramp to […]

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September 13, 2019

Chesapeake Bay’s Vanishing Island

A landscape shot of Tangier Island surrounded by water

A version of this story appeared in the fall 2019 issue of Uncommon Path.  Tangier Island, Virginia, sits in a 30-mile breadth of the Chesapeake Bay, a dozen miles from Crisfield, Maryland, its nearest mainland port. The isle’s residents—some 475 at most—are mainly crabbers, or families of crabbers, who speak a distinct patois virtually untouched by […]

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September 9, 2019

Why These Five Outdoor Lovers Embraced Remote Work

A woman working on a laptop beside her tent at dusk

Cassie Abel, age 36, had a decision to make. She was working at her dream job in Sun Valley, Idaho, when her company announced they were relocating their headquarters to Portland, Oregon. If she wanted to keep her job, she’d have to move. Abel’s choice felt fraught. She loved Sun Valley’s community feel and proximity […]

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September 6, 2019

Backpacking Recipe: Fried Rice

Combining instant rice, mixed veggies, eggs, and spices, this fried rice is a great addition to your backpacking meal list. Unlike many other backpacking meals that require a dehydrator, this recipe uses readily available store-bought ingredients. So if you don’t have a dehydrator or need to throw together a meal quickly, this might be a […]

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September 6, 2019

Elk Are Thriving Again in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Elk grazing in a verdant field

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is among the most biodiverse landscapes managed by the National Park Service, with more than 19,000 documented species living within the park. But for almost two centuries, one of the park’s key mammals, the eastern elk, was missing from the mountains and valleys that flank the North Carolina-Tennessee state line. […]

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September 4, 2019

Uncommon Challenge: Take a Cot Instead of a Pad

Take a Cot Backpacking

hen I tell my friends that I’m bringing a cot on our backpacking trip, they laugh with delight. None of them have ever heard of a backcountry cot before, and as I struggle to find a place for the unusually large bundle in my overnight pack, teasing ensues. The story of how I got to […]

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September 4, 2019

Campworthy: Fire Roasted Eggplant

Recipe: Fire Roasted Eggplant Submitted by: Scott Hometown: Seattle, WA What do you love about this recipe? I love this recipe because (1) It uses eggplant, which isn’t a super popular vegetable, but when prepared this way it is sooo good! And (2) it really classes up the campground! I like to make this for a pre-dinner app when group […]

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September 4, 2019

Campworthy: Fire Roasted Eggplant

Recipe: Fire Roasted Eggplant Submitted by: Scott Hometown: Seattle, WA What do you love about this recipe? I love this recipe because (1) It uses eggplant, which isn’t a super popular vegetable, but when prepared this way it is sooo good! And (2) it really classes up the campground! I like to make this for a pre-dinner app when group […]

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September 3, 2019

Camp Recipe: One-Skillet Salmon & Veggies

Plated soy-glazed salmon and bok choy

Sweet and savory soy-glazed salmon served with a mix of bok choy and mushrooms. Your campmates won’t believe it was a one-skillet meal! This meal feels fancy but is actually easy to pull off. Better still, it only requires a single skillet to make. So if you’re looking to really impress your campmates on your […]

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