“You look like a beached whale,” Tyler called up to me. Thanks to fear, I barely winced at the insult. I peered at the vertical ice wall above me through fogged-over goggles. One of my crampons had come unfastened from my boot. I pressed my chest, stomach, and cheek to the ice, wishing my body …

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Morning commutes have a reputation for being frustrating, long, dull—but not for filmmaker Jessie Markowitz. But, then again, her commute is not what one might call typical. She lives in Gustavus, Alaska, a town of 443 residents, two paved roads, and only accessible by boat or plane. Like many of the people who live here, …

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Cheetahs, Penguins and Bears…oh my! These are just some of the century-old denizens that you will find inside the historic New York City Upper East Side mansion that serves as the headquarters of The Explorers Club. This venerable club celebrated its 113th year with their annual star-studded awards dinner held on March 25, 2017. The …

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A crying girl, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, and a supermarket parking lot. Not exactly the elements for an epic summit. But having missed the turn-off for our hike, we were now on the wrong side of Lake George in upstate New York, eating the lunches we were supposed to be having on the peak. …

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Our community of Misadventurers is vast. We are a community of professional and recreational athletes, of backyard explorers, intrepid thru-hikers, wildlife lovers and poetry enthusiasts. We are insatiable wander-lusters, tiny-house builders, natural-foodies, eco-gear junkies, and DIY-ers. We are travel writers and scientists. Our community is filled with movers and shakers excited to share our love …

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One of the first things I learned about Melissa Coles was that she studied taekwondo and knows how to escape everything from headlocks to alligator attacks. One of the second was that she sends scores of letters to friends and family back in her hometown of Loganville, Georgia. With chin-length hair and wire frame glasses …

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What is She Is ABLE? She Is ABLE is an Atlanta-based nonprofit that offers outdoor trips and experiences to marginalized women. We focus our efforts on women recovering from trafficking, exploitation, abuse, and addiction. In short, we exist to provide access to outdoor experiences to women who usually wouldn’t have it. We believe in the …

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Sally Johnson at REI had a good idea. A great idea, actually, and it all started with her observation that “women want to recreate differently and experience the outdoors differently.” After some brainstorming, collaboration, and iteration, the Outessa event series was born. She often heard women wonder how they could become a part of a community …

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I was born and raised on the shores of New Jersey; the highest peak in my hometown is a whopping 29 feet above sea level. So mountains have always seemed like a foreign concept to me. Hiking was not an activity I took part in until college, and now looking back, this might be a …

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