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SHIFT: The Joyful Transfer of Power

On the last night of the SHIFT Festival in Jackson, Wyoming the organizers hosted an after-party at the Organic Lotus Restaurant. By 1:AM a steady beat of house music still roused a group of at least 30 Millennials to dance away the night well into the morning. Damp with sweat I sidled over to the […]

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The Joyful Embarrassment of Excellent Choices

Much of the past weekend I spent happily lamenting an embarrassment of excellent choices. It seemed that the third week of October 2017 was an exceptionally good moment in time to explore, discuss and celebrate the emergence of diversity within the environmental conservation movement. There were at least four events across the country that brought […]

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The Life of Hugues Beauzile

  When my friend Aimee Copp, the director of the Adventure Film Festival invited me to come to Boulder to take part in this wonderful event she asked me, “So James, what are your working on?”. I immediately told her about an exciting story that I’m writing  for Alpinist Magazine about a French climber who […]

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Love, Life And Loss at Adventure Film

After a long day of watching movies and a late night of drinking, I slept with a man I love. Certainly no lapse of judgement, my friend Jeremy Collins invited me to share his bed in the Boulder Adventure Lodge at 1AM rather than drive twenty miles back to Golden through a sloppy storm of […]

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My Birthday Gift of Nature

On my 51st birthday, Chad Brown, a friend and colleague, took me fly fishing on the Clackamas River in the pouring rain. Two days earlier I saw the forecast for showers in the city of Portland, Oregon. It didn’t look good, but I hoped for the best. At 5AM Chad arrived at my hotel with […]

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Image Is Everything ~ #FacesoftheOutdoors

A recent blog post described me as “a champion in the effort to bring more diversity to the outdoors.” As much as I appreciate the compliment, the statement appears as the cutline to a photograph at the head of an article that goes on never to mention anything that I might have done to earn […]

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Ranger Betty Reid Soskin ~ Redefining Democracy In An Upward Spiral of Chaos

http://media.blubrry.com/joytripproject/p/joytripproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/RangerBettyReidSoskins.mp3Podcast: Play in new windowSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Google Play | Stitcher | RSS | Subscribe to the Joy Trip Project   At 95 years young National Park Ranger Betty Reid Soskin is a national treasure. Stationed at the Rosie The Riveter/World War II Homefront National Historic Park in Richmond, California […]

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The Delicious Wind ~ An Interview with writer Rahawa Haile

http://media.blubrry.com/joytripproject/p/joytripproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/RahawaHaile-1.mp3Podcast: Play in new windowSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Google Play | Stitcher | RSS | Subscribe to the Joy Trip Project Outside Magazine recently featured a wonderful essay by the writer Rahawa Haile. This young woman from Miami, Florida had successfully through-hiked the Appalachian Trail. Walking solo, she made the journey […]

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Urban Adventures Not To Be Overlooked

There are times when my faith in a bright future is renewed. On a recent visit to my childhood home in Los Angeles I had the pleasure of meeting Jamise Caesar, a park aid at the Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook. Not only does this wonderful young lady come from my old neighborhood, she is also […]

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Outdoors For All ~ Where to begin?

When it comes to discussing complex social issues it’s hard to know where to start. This summer I’m scheduled to teach a course on diversity and inclusion in outdoor recreation called Outdoors For All at the University of Wisconsin Nelson Institute of Environmental Studies. As a linear thinker my first inclination was to begin the […]

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