It was the millionth cough of the night. Or was it the million and first? I’d lost count and all I could focus on was the penetrating pain in my ribs and the feeling of drowning. At close to 20,000 feet, every ache was amplified and every cough drained my energy significantly more than at …

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“Wait!” I shout as my head smacks below the surface of the pool. I flail around for a few minutes, trying to remember where to have my hands on the paddle and when to snap my hips. I eventually forget and the lady teaching me uses her body weight and arms to roll the kayak …

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I first met Crista Scott at the Born to Run Ultramarathons where I and several dozen others spent a weekend camping, dancing and running ultramarathons — by which I mean we ran 31, 50 or 100 miles around a farm in Santa Barbara, California. Although the run itself was fun, it was the people that were …

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After being raped on her second night at college, Aspen Matis went from being a student to being an alchemist of sorts—transforming herself from a victim into an empowered young woman impacting the lives of others. In Girl In the Woods, Matis chronicles hiking alone along The Pacific Crest Trail, “a continuous footpath through the deserts, …

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I was unprepared for almost everything about our trip. When my boyfriend, Greg, and I landed at the San Jose airport in Mexico, I was shocked by the heat. Despite the motivation for our February trip largely being a break from Montana’s winter, stepping into 90 degree heat felt like stepping on to the sun. …

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I’m a Brit and I married an American. Together we live in London but we visit America at least once a year. We both love nature so we spend most of our holidays camping. He is from Los Angeles, so whenever we visit we go up the coast along Highway 1, to Big Sur and Yosemite. …

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Part 2 of 4 Kaiku is an audio-visual project which was started in 2012. The project combines words, images, and video with original compositions and natural sound recordings from the Baltic Sea area. This is the second article in a four-part series documenting the work behind the project. The series consists of the following installments: Hunting …

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Having completed London to Cambridge (60 miles), the Wiggle Dragon Ride (Wales, 100 miles) and The Only Way (unsurprisingly in Essex, 100 miles) together, my cycling buddy Claire and I were discussing what we should do next. We both like a good challenge, and we clearly really like cycling. So, a long-distance bike ride over …

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On January 30, 2016, Becca Pizzi’s name broke across the news as the first American woman to complete the World Marathon Challenge: 7 marathons on 7 continents in only 7 days. In only its second year running, the World Marathon Challenge spans the globe with marathons in Union Glacier, Antarctica; Punta Arenas, Chile; Miami, USA; Madrid, Spain; Marrakech, …

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He picked up his pace as I quickened mine. “Oooo, mambo,” he leered as he crossed the street to meet me on the side of the road. “Napenda, napenda,” he murmured as he walked next to me. In my Swahili language class, I would later learn this translates to “I like, I love.” He was …

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The Rocky Mountain Front in Montana was my backyard. I grew up incredibly fortunate to spend summers constructing clumsy wooden forts in forests of Englemann Spruce (Picea engelmannii), tubing down shallow Spring Creek (ever uneasy about mountain lion rumors), and unenthusiastically participating in team sports (by standing aloof in the outfield). But my best memories …

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