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The Joy Trip Project

Alpinist, Climbing, Diversity, In Memoriam, Magazines, Podcast, ReThinkOutside / 29.04.2020

A few weeks ago I was asked to read aloud a story that I had written for Alpinist Magazine in 2018. The Force of The Soul is the premier edition of the new podcast series "Alpinist Out Loud". I am really grateful to my editor Katie Ives for encouraging me to write this profile of the late French climber Hugues Beauzile. It was nominated that year for the Banff Mountain Film & Book Festival award for Best Magazine Article. This compelling narrative of an incredibly driven and compassionate...

Commentary, Diversity, Environmental Justice, Essays, Nelson Institute, Outdoors For All, ReThinkOutside, The Adventure Gap / 24.04.2020

Through the  hive-mind of social media I was reminded this morning on LinkedIn that yesterday was my third work anniversary at the University of Wisconsin, Madison Nelson Institute For Environmental Studies. It just so happened at that moment I was deep in thought on a series of 12 sessions I am preparing for my summer class called Outdoors For All. Over the course of four weeks my students and I take a long look back in time at the racial disparities that separate those who spend time in...

Charitable Giving / 20.04.2020

With all that’s going on across the world right now many in our community are in need of help. As we shelter safe at home in the midst of the Covid-19 Pandemic there are those among us who are struggling to pay their bills, keep the lights on and put food in the fridge. As freelance creatives, educators and environmental activists many of us scrape by on a megger income in an economy where paying gigs are few and far between. And as not everyone will qualify for...

Kids in Nature, Photography, ReThinkOutside / 14.04.2020

The Joy Trip Project is happy to announce the next recipient of a lovingly used digital camera! Thanks to the generous contribution of a donor in Madison, Wisconsin, Austin Miller will receive a Leica V-Lux 1 with a spare battery, a charger and the original instruction manual. He will also get a Sling camera strap and the new Travel Tripod from our friends at Peak Design. Whenever possible it is critically important to support and encourage the interests of young people to express what they see in the world...

Diversity, Fly Fishing, National Parks, Public Land, ReThinkOutside, Uncategorized / 09.04.2020

If you follow the Instagram feed of Christine Hill (@misschrisyface )you’ve probably been inspired to at least consider taking up fly fishing. An environmental lobbyist for the Sierra Club based in Washington D.C., she splits her time between the Halls of Congress and the mountain streams of Haines, Alaska. Along with her boyfriend, professional fishing guide Greg Schlachter, Hill hauls in enormous Coho, Chum, Kug and King salmon varieties with infectious joy and enthusiasm. With every shot she inspires her fans and followers to imagine themselves casting a fly...

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