Force of Nature

April 12, 2019

Living to Ride: One Woman Bike Tech’s “wild and wonderful” career in cycling

J Higgins’ career in bikes began accidentally when she was 16 years old. “I walked into a bike shop looking for a part and realized that I knew more about it than the guy helping me,” she said. “They had an opening and hired me on the spot.” But the job had unspoken boundaries that […]

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April 12, 2019

Living to Ride: One Woman Bike Tech’s “wild and wonderful” career in cycling

J Higgins’ career in bikes began accidentally when she was 16 years old. “I walked into a bike shop looking for a part and realized that I knew more about it than the guy helping me,” she said. “They had an opening and hired me on the spot.” But the job had unspoken boundaries that […]

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June 8, 2018

Meet Force of Nature Dr. Rosaly Lopes

Sure, the cone was pyroclastic—a technical term meaning “sometimes spews lava”—but it seemed to be done erupting. So Rosaly Lopes and her advisor proceeded with their fieldwork on Sicily’s temperamental Mount Etna. It was 1981. Twenty-four-year-old Lopes, a graduate student in planetary geology at University College, University of London, and her thesis advisor, Dr. John […]

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June 6, 2018

REI Presents: I Am Here

mountaineering

Day 2, 4:36am. I am waking up on Mount St. Helens, in Washington state. It is April, and the whole mountain is still covered in snow. A long day is ahead and I’m ready for coffee. The sunrise is a beautiful ombre blend of orange and pink, so it’s already a great day. Many thoughts […]

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June 6, 2018

REI Presents: I Am Here

mountaineering

Day 2, 4:36am. I am waking up on Mount St. Helens, in Washington state. It is April, and the whole mountain is still covered in snow. A long day is ahead and I’m ready for coffee. The sunrise is a beautiful ombre blend of orange and pink, so it’s already a great day. Many thoughts […]

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March 7, 2018

The Solace of the Sierra

Sara Fry and her dog, Tank

Sara Fry can still remember a few moments from that day in the summer of 2005. Her water polo team faced a rival high school, which deepened her desire to win. The water cooled her body as she swam arm to arm with her teammates. Despite a shoulder injury, she felt driven. Just 15 years […]

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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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