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  • Wilderness Lost

    Rebecca Stanfel always planned to take her young son Andrew on wilderness expeditions, but the onslaught of illness has taught her that nature can also be found much closer to home.

  • Mortal fear and a state of wild grace

    In The Ice Cave: A Woman’s Adventures from the Mojave to the Antarctic, Lucy Jane Bledsoe chases her own wild fears across the landscape in search of a state of grace.

  • The Land of the Dry

    A Westerner makes the disconcerting discovery that as we age, the high, dry West we love isn't so good for our moisture-loving bodies, and the only cure is a trip to the beach.

  • Ode to a public lands experiment

    It may have lovely photographs, but Valles Caldera: A Vision for New Mexico’s National Reserve is much more than just another coffee-table book.

  • What we love will save us

    We are all, too much of the time, captives of the wreck and the mistake. Can’t take our eyes off it, can’t stop thinking about it, can’t stop picking that scab. We slide into our merely negative identity — defined by what we refuse...

  • Leave only footprints, and turn the darn phone off

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

  • A very brief conversation with a Jet Fighter

    A long solitary hike through an empty, pristine desert is interrupted by a close encounter with an F-16 fighter plane

  • Painting for progress

    Artist Joan Hoffman pours her love of wilderness into her paintings, and uses her art as a way to fight for the environment

  • Fishering

    In a part of Oregon where everybody says there have been no fishers for years, the writer stumbles across one of these rare and beautiful animals

  • Friends in high places

    In the essays gathered in Breaking Through the Clouds, Richard Fleck weaves in history, humanity and poetry to tell the stories of the mountains he climbs

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