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Friday Inspiration, Vol. 151

You’re lucky if you’re as stoked about anything as Charles Post is about migrating raptors (video): “There’s a deeper reason,…

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Friday Inspiration, Vol. 150

Three minutes of Swiss scenery, but in miniature: (video) Behold Otis, the champion of Katmai National Park’s 2018 Fat Bear…

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Friday Inspiration, Vol. 149

“You look at them, and you’re like, ‘What even is that? That’s the most ridiculous animal I’ve ever seen in…

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Friday Inspiration, Vol. 148

Three minutes on how expectations affect your life (video): A young woman’s journey of self-discovery … to discover that she…

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Thank You For YouTubing

A couple nights before leaving on a backpacking trip, I decided to finally dig up a Trangia stove I’d received…

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Friday Inspiration, Vol. 146

This animation just feels good (video) 24 photos of sinkholes “He never forgot that it was entirely possible that people…

screenshot from the film Ancient Scotland

Friday Inspiration, Vol. 144

Here’s 3 minutes of incredible scenery in Scotland to brighten your day (video) Do you have “slowness rage”? Prepare your…

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Friday Inspiration, Vol. 141

You don’t have to love cats or off-key singing to love this film (video): Yes, animals do use wildlife crossings…

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Nostalgia Is A Mother

Last Wednesday, around the ninth switchback in the M Trail at the University of Montana, my legs and lungs screamed…

Friday Inspiration, Vol. 138

Where do hallucinations come from? (video) A collection of classic New York Times essays about surfing. “Unlikely Hikers is an…

Friday Inspiration, Vol. 137

Exactly two minutes of sights and sounds of New York, brilliantly edited (video) If this set of Daniel Kibblesmith’s Twitter…

Learning to be funny is like climbing

Learning To Be Funny

Probably every other time my friend Lee and I came to the end of an approach hike at the base…

Friday Inspiration Vol 135

Friday Inspiration, Vol. 135

“Dogs, in general, are so resilient. They’re so much braver than we are. They take hell with such class.” —Lya…

Friday Inspiration Vol 131

Friday Inspiration, Vol. 131

“I’ve never done anything that has that kind of resonance or effect. Things become iconic for reasons you don’t know.…

Friday Inspiration, Vol. 130

You’ll probably never see a more inspiring trip report from a toddler than this one, thanks to our talented friends…

Summit Day

A couple hundred feet from the top of Avalanche Gulch on Mount Shasta last Monday morning, my friend Abi and…

Friday Inspiration, Vol. 129

Holy shit, that’s how you work a video camera—and chase thunderstorms for a whole month of your summer (video): “There…

When Crappy Gear Is OK

When Crappy Gear Is OK

In 2004, my friend Nick and I went on a 10-day road trip from Montana to Phoenix, where I was…