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 a town where winter lasts close to six months and snowfalls are measured in feet rather than inches, the locals have become creative with their wintertime activities. Skiing and snowboarding are the first tier of snow-sports, but for those willing to look beyond their ski-passes, some truly quirky and wild activities can be found.

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Everyone seems to be saving the world. Meanwhile, here I am, a social worker in a mountain town, living paycheck-to-paycheck, wandering through the desert on a Saturday morning and worried about the gas money that it’s going to take to get me back home.

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In Wild, Strayed has this way of writing that is all at once sharp, witty, heartbreaking, and piercingly beautiful—that touches you at your very core. Would a film be able to capture this in any satisfying way?

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Pack Burro Racing is the only sport that is indigenous to Colorado. What started as a tribute to the state’s mining history has become an annual spectacle in which, every summer, super fit athletes and their hopefully well-trained and willing equine counterparts run long distances over Rocky Mountain passes. It’s as crazy as it sounds.

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[dropcap size=small]O[/dropcap]ne of my cats, the fluffy black one, is snoozing on a large pile of recently unpacked clothes over another pile of sheets and pillows on my unmade bed. The windows are open, and it is raining outside, but barely. When the sun comes out again, the pine needles will dry up and fill …

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[dropcap size=small]I[/dropcap] couldn’t really find anything out about these photos from, I think, around the 1950s, other than they were shot for Life by N.R. Farbman. And I don’t think the story ever ran, but I do know that these were some bonafide Misadventurers and this was probably a great trip. I like their style. [divider]The …

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[divider]Context[/divider] Beaches, Rainbows and Volcanos [divider]The Photographer[/divider] Kaela Frank is an educator and facilitator from Brunswick, Maine. She currently works at Davidson College as a Study Abroad Counselor. Kaela holds an M.A. in Peace Education from the University for Peace in Costa Rica. She likes climbing mountains, baking banana bread and lying in śavāsana.

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[dropcap]K[/dropcap]atelin Kelly is a seventh and eighth grade Language Arts teacher at Little Wound Middle School on Pine Ridge Reservation in Kyle, South Dakota. She is also a badass slam poet. For a reflection on her experiences working at the home to the Oglala Sioux, check out her poem entitled “How?” How? by Katelin Kelly …

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