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Commentary, Fashion / 09.07.2009

[caption id="attachment_405" align="aligncenter" width="200" caption="Outdoor Reps Association Summer Fashion Show"][/caption] Even if you're an environmentalist, fashion matters. Technical garments made sustainably allow us to encounter the natural world in comfort, grace and style. This series of photographs was taken during a fashion show at the Outdoor Reps Association Summer Market in Madison, Wisconsin. The models are all volunteers and passionate about their active lifestyles. Visit Flickr! for the complete array of photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/nwsr8th/sets/72157621090335831/...

Mountain Film, Podcast / 06.07.2009

[caption id="attachment_382" align="alignleft" width="288" caption="Chef Ming Tsai"][/caption] Ming Tsai is the chef and owner of Blue Ginger Restaurant in Wellesley Massachusetts. He’s also the national spokesman for the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network and works with the Obesity Center at Harvard University. You might have seen him on his PBS cooking show Simply Ming. Tsai understands better than most that it’s harder than ever for working families and individuals to prepare healthy meals. Tsai was the master of ceremonies during a day-long symposium on food during the Mountain Film Festival...

Diversity / 01.07.2009

[caption id="attachment_365" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="photo by Dudley Edmondson"]Photo by Dudley Edmonson[/caption] A new national conference is set to begin on September 23rd.  A group of African American environmental activists and outdoor enthusiasts will gather in Atlanta Georgia to have a frank discussion on issues of race in the movement to preserve wild and scenic places.  Called Breaking the Color Barrier in The Great Outdoors, this conference promises to bring together people of color to talk about their role in protecting the natural environment for future generations. For details visit www.breakingthecolorbarrier.com -- After 20 years in the outdoor business for me this conference is a long time in coming. As a person of color myself I’ve spent my career silently hoping that more people who look like me would find themselves enjoying the wilderness areas I love. -- If only diversity in outdoor recreation were simply a matter of race. Then we might just think about ignoring it. Those who take comfort in the peace and solitude of wilderness, mostly white folks, would likely prefer to keep nature’s hideaways safely preserved for their own use. And as long as the growing minority population of black and brown folks elects to avoid these wild and scenic places, favoring instead foreign travel and urban pastimes, what’s the harm?
Uncategorized / 30.06.2009

[caption id="attachment_352" align="alignleft" width="225" caption="Eco-Champion candidate Deanna-Kavanaugh-Jones"][/caption] This is hardly a political endorsement. The good works of people on behalf of the environment rise well above the discourse of rhetorical posturing in the self-serving quest for social power that is politics. But as we are a democratic society it often falls to majority rule to determine even the distribution of scarce philanthropic resources in the support of worthy causes. So vote Deanna Kavanaugh-Jones for Eco-Champion. : http://tr.im/qkfb -- Deanna has done a great deal to galvanize the social power of the...

Deserts, Pies, Recipes / 29.06.2009

A recent Joy Trip to Door County Wisconsin prompted me to try my hand again at making pie. Several days of light hiking, biking and kayaking through this agrarian tourist community on the shores of Lake Michigan inspired reflection upon the practical use of fresh local produce in the preparation fun and tasty food.   [caption id="attachment_333" align="aligncenter" width="468"] Washington Hotel & Culinary School[/caption] I had the pleasure seeing a cooking demonstration at the Washington Hotel & Culinary School on Washington Island. A short ferry ride from Gills Rock delivered me...

Mountain Film, Podcast / 21.06.2009

[caption id="attachment_302" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Slow Food USA President Josh Viertel"][/caption] If we slow down long enough to think about our food we just might come to realize there’s more to it than filling that nagging void in our bellies. We’re so pressed for time that we fail to think about the nutritional value of what we eat. Racing through the drive-thru window of fast food restaurants we pack faces with hamburgers and tacos loaded with fat, salt and empty carbohydrates. And worse than that, we really have...