In the midst of election anxiety, here’s some good news (disguised as bad news) about the environment

In the midst of election anxiety, here’s some good news (disguised as bad news) about the environment

November 6, 2020

It’s no secret that our (hopefully) outgoing president doesn’t spend too much time on environmental issues. He doesn’t know how to say the name of our most famous national park. He’s bragged about passing the Great American Outdoors Act, but a deadline to actually put the bill into action next…

Do Idaho a favor and support the South Fork of the Salmon River

Do Idaho a favor and support the South Fork of the Salmon River

October 23, 2020

I know many readers of my blog don’t live in Idaho (hi Mom!), but a heated debate over a proposed gold mine here in central Idaho deserves your attention no matter where you live. I’m talking about the Stibnite Gold Mine. At its heart, the Stibnite mine is just a…

Friday Fan Club, Vol 11

Friday Fan Club, Vol 11

October 23, 2020

Here are five things from the Internet that I’m a fan of this week: A video about cold-weather surfing in Norway. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N3xAS7s7qsE This comic, courtesy xkcd. This podcast from Outside, in which James Nestor explains why modern humans don’t breathe so good. This album came out in 2004, but every…

Friday Fan Club, Vol. 10

Friday Fan Club, Vol. 10

October 17, 2020

Five things on the Internet that I’m a fan of this week: I love writing that can make me nostalgic for things I never experienced, and this piece about a tree-planting hippie collective in Oregon certainly does that. I’ve never thought much about how carbon fiber bikes are made, but…

Things to Think about When We Think about Wildfires

Things to Think about When We Think about Wildfires

October 10, 2020

It’s early October, which historically means that the California fire season is kicking into high gear. That’s right — California in 2020 has already had its biggest fire season in recorded history, and we haven’t even started what is often the busiest month in the state’s firefighting efforts. So with…

Friday Fan Club, Vol. 9

Friday Fan Club, Vol. 9

October 9, 2020

Five things from the Internet that I’m a fan of this week (please excuse last week’s absence, I was in the middle of moving): This video on Youtube has nearly 200 million views, so there’s a good chance you’ve seen it already, but if not, it’s pretty incredible. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SL05N7lagvg This…

Friday Fan Club, Vol. 8

Friday Fan Club, Vol. 8

September 25, 2020

Five things from the Internet that I’m a fan of this week: Anything that reclaims time spent in nature from REI’s ubiquitous #optoutside hashtag is worth my attention, and maybe yours too, so I present to you FRILUFTSLIV This series of photographs from the late German artist Michael Wolf. If…

LeMond bikes are back with a surprising new look

LeMond bikes are back with a surprising new look

September 24, 2020

Like many cyclists, I’ve been eagerly awaiting the return of LeMond bicycles, after years of rumors and anticipation about the brand’s revival. This week, they dropped photos of two new models, and I was as surprised as everyone else. LeMond… e-bikes? Yup. Full-carbon e-bikes. Not high-end racing bikes, but slick…

Friday Fan Club, Vol. 7

Friday Fan Club, Vol. 7

September 18, 2020

Five things from the Internet that I’m a fan on on this smoky Friday here in Boise, Idaho: Dustin Klein is a gravel-riding hypeman and I thoroughly enjoyed his latest offering on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1yPaN0nAO-4 This very good essay from model Emily Ratajkowski about, among many things, paying $80,000 to buy…

Environmentalists want it both ways — all the public support with none of the pesky crowds

Environmentalists want it both ways — all the public support with none of the pesky crowds

September 11, 2020

Outdoor photographers have stumbled upon an ethical dilemma in recent years. As Instagram has become the outlet of choice for photographers to share and promote their work, they’ve had to make a choice: should they geotag the location? In years past, it wasn’t even a question – photographers were essentially…

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