The decision to go on the Outing Club’s illicit overnight trek to Mohonk Preserve definitely fell into the category of don’t think, just do. My pride for this decision was completely out of proportion to what I had actually achieved, but it didn’t matter: I’d finally found that who-cares and of-course-I-climb-mountains-at-night attitude, that healthy dose of stupidity that seemed so central to life in college.

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For days I had been planning an evening ascent of the west slabs of Mt. Olympus; headlamps, cold rock and all. It seemed like a way to bump up the excitement level of 10 pitches of 5.5, to take a simple climb to the next level by ticking it off in the dark. It was going to be noteworthy, for certain.

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Over the decades Page noticed a decline in hand-painted signs created due to the growing popularity of computer generated signage. Jarred by the increasing poverty she saw and the decline of an art form she admired, Page decided in 2004 to sell the signs in the U.S. as a way to generate income for the artists. She hoped the sales would also help prevent a traditional art form from dying out.

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1. Wild Turkeys They make their way through grasses roughly blown by the breeze, their sights set on the field beyond, their feathers glowing amber and brown, smoothed down as if by fingers. There you are, birds. There, there. Don’t you fret. Their eyes say they want things, or maybe something more, maybe that they …

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It’s not everyday that you get a chance to talk to botanists at Glacier National Park. Somehow I wound up connecting with three amazing women who are not only botanists, but outdoors enthusiasts, mothers, and authors. Jen Asebrook, Shannon Kimball, and Jen Hintz have worked in Glacier National Park for years, and they were gracious enough to share their thoughts with us during their busiest season.

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A fortnight of consecutive half marathons was only half the “madness” Deborah Beaton cooked up. The 32-year-old Kenyan with startling blue eyes and a Zen demeanor ran the 250 miles through East Africa’s wild, home to rhinos, elephants, zebras, wildebeest, lions, leopards, and cheetahs, to name a few. [divider]The Interview[/divider] Natasha Awasthi: How did this …

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The city hires several trumpeters, and they take 24-hour shifts, he says. They stay up here by themselves with the radio for company, tolling the bell every hour and playing the hejnal once in each direction, stopping in the middle of that fateful note. I ask if he gets lonely. He says yes, occasionally, but that being the trumpeter of Krakow is a great honor.

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I recently spoke on the phone with Jessica Pociask, the owner and founder of WANT (Wilderness and Nature Travel) Expeditions. In the next year they will be leading trips to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Japan, Baja, Costa Rica, Jordan, The Maldives, Ecuador, The Galapagos Islands, Mongolia, Alaska, Kamchatka, and more. For a little wanderlust, check out the schedule here.

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