Outdoor Rec Special Issue

Overcoming winter’s alienation
Overcoming winter’s alienation
I long felt shut out of the season. Snowshoeing changed that.
What’s threatening the elusive wolverine?
What’s threatening the elusive wolverine?
As snowmobilers fight to preserve their pastime, scientists worry about the future of the species.
Will we ever know rec’s true impact on wildlife?
Will we ever know rec’s true impact on wildlife?
Scientists race to quantify winter recreation’s impact on Canada lynx, but technology outpaces them.
When the love of skiing endangers wildlife
When the love of skiing endangers wildlife
A world-renowned athlete stopped skiing in sensitive areas. Can she convince others to do the same?
The Park Service is selling out to telecom giants
The Park Service is selling out to telecom giants
With Trump’s blessing, cell towers are infiltrating protected public lands across the West.
For skiers, there’s a contaminant underfoot
For skiers, there’s a contaminant underfoot
Premium wax is affecting alpine food webs.
The wildness is in me, too
The wildness is in me, too
People were excluded from the wild, historically, and in today’s rapidly digitizing West.
The last shovel racers
The last shovel racers
After four decades, a ski resort drops a beloved tradition.
Searching for winter in  Palm Springs
Searching for winter in Palm Springs
As the West warms, hunting for snow becomes part of the adventure.
Is shed hunting ethical?
Is shed hunting ethical?
A Utah conservationist weighs the hobby’s popularity with its moral stakes.
Deer dinner; tree dates; boulder dimensions
Deer dinner; tree dates; boulder dimensions
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
Should we be thinking about last ascents, instead of first ones?
Should we be thinking about last ascents, instead of first ones?
Mountaineers confront disappearing glaciers.
Photos: The power of climbing harnessed
Photos: The power of climbing harnessed
Brown Girls Climbing addresses trauma and is increasing diversity at the crag.
A runner reimagines his place in a sprawling city
A runner reimagines his place in a sprawling city
And creates new connections from the details.
Designing for access in outdoor spaces doesn’t mean paving pathways
Designing for access in outdoor spaces doesn’t mean paving pathways
A reckoning with assumptions about who wants to spend time in nature.
The transformation of a centuries-old refuge in New Mexico
The transformation of a centuries-old refuge in New Mexico
With 300,000 visitors every year, how can Chimayó’s history be preserved?
A road trip through New Mexico’s atomic past
A road trip through New Mexico’s atomic past
As nuclear tourism booms in the Land of Enchantment, histories of violence are packaged, sold and consumed.
Currents of consent and control
Currents of consent and control
Like strainers of a river, our memories reshape us from within.
It is solved by walking
It is solved by walking
The path to fixing our broken communities is forged by footsteps.
Coyote diets; anaerobic digesters; poachers caught on camera
Coyote diets; anaerobic digesters; poachers caught on camera
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
How recreation boosts the economy
How recreation boosts the economy
From travelers to new residents, outdoor enthusiasts make an impact on the West’s bottom lines.
Bears Ears’ only visitor center isn’t run by the feds
Bears Ears’ only visitor center isn’t run by the feds
With the monument facing stripped-down protections and sky rocketing visitation, a local nonprofit built its own guerrilla visitor center to educate the masses.
The roar of military jets triggers a crusade for quiet
The roar of military jets triggers a crusade for quiet
As ‘Growlers’ shatter the calm of Washington’s Olympic Peninsula, a push for quiet grows.
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