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Commentary / 09.10.2009

Madison, WI was host city of the 19th Annual meeting of The Society for Environmental Journalists. Media professionals from across the country gathered to discuss among issues the impact of climate change on the planet and the role human populations will play in mitigating the threat of global warming. "The choice that this generation faces is an awesome one," said former vice president Al Gore in his keynote address. "Never has a single generation been asked to make such consequential decisions for future generations. I think we're up to...

Outdoor Recreation, Podcast, Ultra Running / 05.10.2009

An interview with ultra-distance runner Diane Van Deren It’s been my pleasure to interview some of the best endurance athletes in world. I’ve spoken to high altitude climbers like Conrad Anker and Ed Viesturs, extreme skiers like Scott Schimdt and ultra marathon runners like Tim Twietmeyer and Dean Karnazes. These men are incredibly tough individuals.  And with humility and grace all have made their mark on the world by pushing their bodies past the breaking point to achieve amazing feats of strength against incredible odds. But I have to...

Examiner.com, Outdoor Recreation / 02.10.2009

Let it never be said there’s no surfing in Wisconsin. A thousand miles from the nearest ocean, few if any breaking waves and vast bodies of water that freeze solid belie the logic of hanging ten on a long board. But the advent of Stand Up Paddling has changed that paradigm forever. Read the full story at Examiner.com>>http://www.examiner.com/examiner/x-15739-Madison-Outdoor-Recreation-Examiner~y2009m10d2-Stand-Up-Paddling-Prairie-Style...

Commentary / 28.09.2009

[caption id="attachment_1341" align="alignleft" width="330" caption="Audrey Peterman"]JTP090928_001[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1342" align="alignleft" width="284" caption="Frank Peterman"]Frank Peterman[/caption] The journey home passed in a blur of black asphalt highway and fast food eaten slowly. It’s 850 miles from Atlanta to Madison and at the conclusion of the Breaking the Color Barrier in the Great Outdoors conference I found myself racing back to begin the work that lies ahead.  The 14-hour drive was fueled as much by eager anticipation and heady adrenaline as diesel, tacos, hamburgers and coffee. It seemed the Joy Jetta sped north across four state lines not merely to carry me home but into the future. “At this conference we hope to begin seeding a new conversation,” said co-organizer Audrey Peterman. This small but incredibly dynamic woman with her charismatic husband Frank led a series of discussions and presentations that have set in motion a dialog to change the course of human history. “I don’t want to hear about saving the planet,” Audrey said. “The earth was around long before we came along and it will shrug us off long before it’s through. Right now it’s about changing how we live.”