My legs stung with a throbbing pain from my first sunburn of the summer: a livid red. The pain served as a mark of passage from a dark Montana winter and dreary spring that had barely any sun for my vitamin-d starved body. I watched the river’s muddy waters seethe as winter loosened its hold …

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Often at night while staring up at the familiar wrinkles of tent ceiling there are fleeting longings for someone to talk to, to be a listener for. It is an awareness that can quickly be dismissed. My mind wanders and then re-centers. I return to simultaneously coloring and focusing on the voices of the modern …

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Cammie Donaldson — 50-years-old Executive Director of the Florida Association of Native Nurseries — Melbourne, Florida Cammie Donaldson has been my neighbor since I was three. My parents say they remember her on a hot summer day in the early 90s shaking her malfunctioning lawnmower, swearing, and swearing that she would never mow the lawn again. …

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Megan Williams is one of the most daring people I have met. After hearing her story while researching wing walking, I couldn’t wait to talk to her. She is new to the world of wing walking, currently training with Mike and Marilyn at Mason Wing Walking Academy in Sequim, Washington. She is a frequent skydiver …

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In honor of International Day of the Girl 2016, we asked photographer and international guide Christine Armbruster to share her experience introducing girls and young women to the extraordinary experience of worldwide travel and adventure. Next time you see a Girl Scout selling cookies, ask them what they are raising money for. You might hear that …

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I think we can all agree that Jimmy Chin looks amazing in a sweater vest. From there, the GQ Style photoshoot — “We Took Fall’s Crunchiest Designer Clothes Rock Climbing in Joshua Tree National Park” — fell flat for me. Here’s why: I was three when I fell in love with Joshua Tree National Park. I fell instantly …

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I have officially lived in New York for one year. I moved from Los Angeles fresh out of college with a journalism degree; an open mind; and a dream, like the many thousands before me. I began interning three days a week, 9-5, for a magazine publisher in the beautiful Hearst building. I woke up very …

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As a woman, I’m often asked why I take solo hikes. Why be on your own? they say. Aren’t you afraid to go hiking alone? The answer is both simple and complex. I hike alone for the serenity and quiet of the journey. Being afraid doesn’t come into play. Being out in nature allows me the time to contemplate my …

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A new, amazing chapter in life began for me the second I broke the bonds of earth. No, I don’t fly airplanes. I’m not your typical pilot. I fly something else… something more simple, hardly sophisticated. Something that leaves me suspended above the earth by nothing more than a few strings dangling from a piece …

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It’s official: I have made it to the age where my social media feeds are full of engagement rings, weddings, and babies. Don’t get me wrong, I love celebrating all of these events…but at the same time, it often seems that society doesn’t see a woman as a whole human until she has checked off …

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Dian Fossey initiated the longest-running Mountain Gorilla research in 1967, which lasted almost two decades and changed the world of zoology. As the 30th anniversary of her untimely death approached, I visited my role model’s grave in Rwanda. I now carry a reminder – a totem – in my pocket: a carved wooden keychain from …

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