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May 17, 2018

‘Biggest Buzz … Since the Casino’: Cherokee Turning to Mountain Bike Trails to Grow Economy

Mountain biker at Fire Mountain

I know I’m going to eat it somewhere in the middle of the berm. It’s a beautiful wave of dirt, piled high and smooth, but I’m carrying too much speed as I enter the top of it. I picture my bike going one direction and my body going the other and consider feathering my brakes […]

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April 27, 2018

What Does It Take to Set a Fastest Known Time?

Jennifer Pharr Davis became the first woman to set a Fastest Known Time (FKT) on a more than 2,000-mile-long trail when, in 2011, she bested the men’s record for the approximately 2,200-mile Appalachian Trail, adding to her list of FKTs. Pharr Davis reflects on speed in her new book, The Pursuit of Endurance: Harnessing the […]

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February 22, 2018

I Would But: I Am the Only Person of Color

Ambreen Tariq Hiking

How Ambreen Tariq, founder of @BrownPeopleCamping, is overcoming the “minority barrier” in the outdoors It was a chilly October morning. The kind where you see your breath for the first time that season. A light rain was falling as I crushed gravel under my hurried feet. I was about to go rock climbing for the […]

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January 10, 2018

Drawn To High Places: Mountain Artist Nikki Frumkin

Nikki Frumkin in the Enchantments

Nikki Frumkin is easy to recognize in the mountains. She’s the lanky blonde with a giant piece of watercolor paper strapped to her backpack. When she reaches the summit, she takes out a handful of brushes and breath-mint tin full of paint, finds a comfortable rock to sit on, and starts painting furiously. In homage […]

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December 27, 2017

How Hiking Helped a Utah Mom Connect With Her Daughter With Special Needs

Melody and Ruby in Joshua Tree National Park

Many people contemplating parenthood may think having a child will significantly scale back their adventuring. For Salt Lake City mom Melody Buck Forsyth, this was definitely true in 2015 when she learned she was expecting her fourth child. She had only recently discovered her passion for hiking. To complicate things, she found out her daughter […]

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November 15, 2017

Fastest Known Mom

Record-setting long-distance hiker Jennifer Pharr Davis slows down to help bring families outdoors—including her own. Most parents can recount at least a few dirty diaper fiascos. However, it’s a rare breed that can cop to handling a poop-filled nightmare during the darkest hours of a brisk September night in Alaska’s Denali National Park. Jennifer Pharr […]

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