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Connecting the Gems ~ A Short Film Explores the Habitat Corridors of Greater Yellowstone

  Few people likely realize that habitat preservation requires more than protecting the areas where different animal species live. Equally important are the paths they take to get there. Habitat corridors are the routes that individual members of a given population – grizzly bears, wolverines, moose, etc – take to move from one place to […]

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Chairlift Diplomacy: Socialist Skiing in North Korea

For more than half a century the nation of North Korea has been shrouded in mystery. Since the end of its war with the United States few western travelers have been inclined to visit this socialist country of more 24 million people. Presumed to be a place of profound misery where an impoverished population is […]

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The Dawn of Skylining

Within a few weeks of an unsuccessful attempt by French adventure athletes, “Sketchy” Andy Lewis and a small crew of daredevils put up and walked the world’s highest highline. At more than 4,000 feet off the ground this amazing feat was achieved with the dramatic assistance two hot air balloons. As part of a remarkable […]

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The Legacy of Arctic Explorer Matthew Henson

“The lure of the arctic is tugging at my heart. To me the trail is calling! The old trail, the trail that is always new.” ~Matthew Henson This story was excerpted from the forthcoming work of narrative nonfiction The Adventure Gap by James Edward Mills to be published this fall by the Mountaineers Books In […]

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From the Mountaintop: Expedition Denali’s Epic Journey

On June 24,2013 Adina Scott made a satellite phone dispatch from 17,200 feet on Mount McKinley in Denali National Park. As part of the climbing team Expedition Denali, she and the 18 others had already spent a total of 16 days on the mountain and nearly a week camped at 14,200 feet. Now, they were […]

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The Bionic Sloth ~ a profile of youth climbing champion Kai Lightner

When one of the world’s best climbers notices you, you must be doing something right. As several young climbers waited for an autograph during a February fundraiser at the Stone Summit gym in Atlanta, Chris Sharma stood intrigued, watching 13-year-old Kai Lightner smoothly lap a 5.13. Emily Taylor, Kai’s coach, recalls, “When we made the […]

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