There’s nothing I can do to stop litterbugs. I can’t spend time worrying about it, getting angry at them or confused, or wondering why people are treating their parks poorly, so I just ignore them entirely. But I can grab a 5-gallon bucket and a pair of gloves and go out to my park and clean up trash.
I throw away the trash, but I keep all the recycling. Every few weeks, I’ll turn it in for money. I either donate it back to my park to help plant native trees, or to politicians who promise to act on the climate crisis if elected. I’ve donated to those in need of food in areas of the country where there’s been earthquakes, extreme wildfires, or a terrible drought.
I also donate it to organizations in places like Yemen, which is suffering from a horrible humanitarian crisis.
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A New Path
When Covid canceled their wedding, one hiker and her fiancé went backpacking instead.
In October 2021, Christopher Fisher, a 26-year-old, Texas-born endurance athlete living in Breckenridge, Colorado, climbed a whopping 400,332 vertical feet in one month. That’s the equivalent of summiting a 13,000-foot peak from sea level every day for 31 straight days. It’s likely a world record, too (he’s submitting it to Guinness), and maybe just a bit, well, crazy. Here’s what Fisher had to say about the feat.
Have Gear, Will Travel
These eight products are versatile companions for every adventure.
Finding My Footing
A hiker pulls confidence from an unsolicited gear critique in the Catskills.
Light in the Darkness
In winter, as the nights stretch and daylight disappears, there’s a certain beauty to be found in the darkness.
I survived a polar bear attack
In July 2013, Matt Dyer was lucky enough to see a polar bear in Canada’s Torngat Mountains. His good fortune ended there.
Off-Season Tempo Training
During the winter, focused training can help ensure your next hiking season will be even better than the last—and help snowsport performance, too. Tempo training allows you to zero in on issues like shaking quads on descents, sore glutes after ascents, or tender calf muscles. Complete the following workout once or twice a week.
Standing at the Edge
A winter trip through Crater Lake National Park nets a once-in-a-lifetime photo.
The Best Hikes for Spotting Winter Wildlife
These ten routes will show you that nature never stops bustling, no matter how much snow is on the trail.
Emerging from Darkness
For one hiker, nature is the best place to confront her past and consider her future.