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  • Bear necessities

    Bear necessities

    Seth Cohen describes a close encounter with a grizzly – and an even closer encounter with grizzly-strength pepper spray.

  • Take a hike!

    Take a hike!

    Rob Pudim recalls his own adventurous childhood, and wonders why today’s kids are so unwilling to go outside and get dirty.

  • Mountain Harmonies

    In Mountain Harmonies, Howard Smith muses on environmental philosophy as he takes readers from Glacier National Park to New Mexico’s Gila Wilderness

  • Shooting at hikers is perfectly legal

    The writer and his family duck bullets on a hiking trail through a Colorado national forest, then find that the shooters were within their rights

  • Crown of horns

    Crown of horns

    Unexpected encounters with an injured bull elk and a couple of teenage boys lead a writer to consider the meaning of fatherhood.

  • Craig Childs walks with desert ghosts on the Navajo Nation

    Craig Childs walks with desert ghosts on the Navajo Nation

    The author tries to walk like a ghost through a wild and haunted landscape.

  • Leave only footprints, and turn the darn phone off

    Cell phones have their uses, but they do not belong in the wilderness

  • Dry-hiking in a desert awash with history

    A 61-year-old hiker and two middle-aged friends take an epic hike through Arizona in David Roberts’ new book, Sandstone Spine

  • Gathering strength from the Continental Divide

    Gathering strength from the Continental Divide

    A summer in the Rocky Mountains helps a child learn to stand up against the bullies in her life.

  • My Wonderful Heart Attack

    The writer counts the ways he has changed since suffering a major heart attack in Colorado

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