In the future I’ll probably count the summer of 2010 among the worst times of my life. I know I have a lot of life yet ahead of me, and many tragic things are guaranteed and many more are strong possibilities, but the summer of 2010 was atrocious. In the winter of 2009 I left …

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Part Two: How I Got Myself Out of This Mess When I started thinking about this trek, I had just spent three long months recovering from a concussion. During those three months, the modicum of ski bum fitness that I’d maintained through the winter had diminished—drastically. I built it back up in baby steps: first, …

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We were lucky enough to catch up with Leslie Long, trip leader at Lizard Head Cycling Guides, which leads mountain and road bike tours around the west. She talks with us about their best trips, finding a career in the outdoors, and why cycling is just great. [divider]The Interview[/divider] When and why did you start guiding for …

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In rural Australia, houses are few and far between. If a residence is numbered 10, it is 10 kilometers along that road. A determined Anne-Marie explained this as we sped down an empty path in a small farming community in Kilkivan, Queensland. There was nothing but cattle, dry land, and dehydrated trees on the verge …

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I spent the first week of college with dirt on my face. I was attending an outdoor education program that offered courses with names like, “Rock Rescue” and “Intro to Whitewater Kayaking.” So, during that first week, while my friends who were attending more traditional universities went to frosh parties and began to panic about …

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The Holidays, aka preparing for awkward conversations with friends and family. This lifestyle is not for the faint of heart—and it definitely isn’t for anyone that is afraid of what others may think of her. It’s like one of those memes. This is what your parents think you do: Bum around like a washed-up hippie. …

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Late December I received an urgent email on a Saturday afternoon while sitting in a design talk at MIT. PAWs New England, an extraordinary group that rescues dogs out of high kill shelters in the south and brings them to the north, needed an emergency transport driver on Tuesday. The trip from Memphis to New …

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Check out our interview with Sasha Cox in the Winter 2015 print issue! Sasha Cox is the founder of Trail Mavens, a San Francisco-based business dedicated to drop-kicking the primary barriers to entry that keep women from adventuring outdoors. Trail Mavens organizes weekend-long, skill-based camping and backpacking adventures for groups of women, and provides everything you might …

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Inspirational women form the sturdy, dirty backbone of Misadventures. Women who have climbed mountains with earth caked under their nails and boots on their feet, traipsing across the country in search of Great Adventure and, ultimately, themselves. Camila Thorndike’s story might be decidedly less literary, but it’s no less heroic: as the Co-Founder and Director …

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‘Breathe in, breathe out,’ I say to myself as I run over cracked roads, past faces, wondering stares, and into the beautiful depths of Vietnam. Ninety million people live in this elongated country. Ninety million hard workers, farmers, boss-ladies, street vendors, ray band sellers, jewelry makers, chefs, and survivors to run into. As I made my way up the …

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It was going to be my first hunt of the season and I was busy getting ready. I checked my bow case, making sure that it had arrows, broadheads, and my trigger release. I put on long underwear, wool socks, camouflage pants and my long-sleeve camouflage shirt. My driver’s license and hunting license went in …

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