“Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature — the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter.” Rachel Carson Being in nature was part of my childhood. I grew ... Read moreGiving Back to Nature
My name is Olivia Pond. I am an Iowan who was fortunate enough to grow up at Sugar Bottom Campground and on the Coralville Reservoir. I name these 2 locations in particular because they are where nearly all of my childhood memories lie. I can still recall exactly how I felt getting up on water ... Read moreNo Earth Day Plans? Look No Further.
How many times do you reach for your phone to capture a moment before letting the moment be captured and appreciated by your own eyes first? Every dawn patrol run with a spectacular sunrise, a frolic in the fall foliage of the forest or a tour winding around a wintery mountain peak. How many of ... Read moreSocial Media and the Geotag
As trail running continues to grow in popularity as both an invigorating and healthy transport from our everyday lives of routine and predictability into adventure and exploration, so do the many positive side effects of participating in this great sport.
By now, you have probably heard the news that the 2018 North Face Endurance Challenge San Francisco races were cancelled due to poor air quality related to the Camp wildfire that is burning in northern California. This wildfire is the deadliest and most destructive in the state’s history, having already claimed the lives of 71 […]
Trail running offers us the freedom to run through the wilderness as we please, openly utilizing our cardiovascular and skeletal system as little or as great as we desire. We often feel like royalty and rulers of the trail, however, we aren’t the only breathing beings out there. Between wildlife and other pedestrians we must […]
I’m confused. But it’s not about what you might immediately think. Sure, I’m confused about the man who is our president. But getting closer to the issues that impact me on a daily basis—and that impact all runners—sure, I’m confused why Trump’s executive order about National Monuments to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke ended the way […]
It’s taken me months to write this and it took me just as long to figure out why. It’s not because I’m lazy – it’s because I’m scared. I’ve been very open about my battle with body image issues and how running helped – but “body image issues” is pretty vague. Not many know how […]
For most of this year, encompassing four seasons, I’ve lived (loosely termed as I am a nomad living out of my Jeep) in Bears Ears working on several stories and a hiking guidebook for the Colorado Mountain Club. This has given me the opportunity to intimately get to know much of the area—although I realize […]
What’s all of this “protect our public lands” talk about? Our ability, err right, to run on wild public trails across the country is more at risk than ever before. This due to the risk of privatization (think “NO TRESPASSING” signs), and due to the risk of land development or allowance of many uses (like […]
Where there’s fire, there’s smoke. Where there is a big fire, there is smoke for a long time. As I type this, the Eagle Creek Fire in the Columbia River Gorge, now 35,588 acres in size and 11% contained, is still raging. Every day the wind shifts and changes the air quality in Portland and […]
I met Clare in 2015 at a small race outside of Montrose, Colorado. We were toeing the line at the Cimarron 50k, a rolling dirt road out and back race that offered $1k as the 1st place prize. Pretty enticing for anyone who has “road wheels” in their running history. Though it was over two...
by the Outdoor Women’s Alliance (OWA) We believe that outdoor adventure teaches us to boldly face our fears, push past self-doubt, and become strong, self-sufficient individuals. Since 2007, we’ve used adventure as a tool to help women fill their lives with purpose, to see an obstacle and approach it with confidence, and...
Press release from Milan Community Forest Committee. Photo credit: Jose Azel / Aurora Photos. The town of Milan added 577 acres to its Community Forest. These lands will provide the town with income through sustainable timber harvesting, as well as places for local residents to hike, trail run, hunt, fish, and enjoy the outdoors. The... Read more »
Trails. They’re what we’re all here for…because trails exist + we love them with our pinky puffy hearts. We run them. We hike them. We camp next to them. We fall down on them. We find ourselves along them. Trails are the reason we are all here together; supporting, enabling + befriending each other. The...
by Lynn Petre We live in a culture that expects us to upgrade to the next iPhone as soon as its released, suggests we need to drive to work every day and that breakfast should come from individually wrapped packages for busy life on the go. The average American generates approximately 4.3 pounds of garbage...
There are many things in this world that I do [+ do not] believe in. At some point in our lives I think we all find solace in our belief in a higher power with bigger, better + stronger than our lowly selves. For me, on the trails, this “thing” is trail karma.