Cheapskates Rejoice

Cheapskates Rejoice

by Tara Flanagan October 8, 2010 Cartographic

Champions emerge from every crappy situation, and our long, lousy economic condition is no exception. Sometimes in the name of environmental sustainability, sometimes as a matter of one-upmanship, extreme thriftiness and downsizing have usurped ramen noodles and Geo Metros to become an art form. 1) Big on Small Dee Williams of Olympia has become a poster […]

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Mountaineering: The Freedom of the Hills, 50th Anniversary Edition

Mountaineering: The Freedom of the Hills, 50th Anniversary Edition

by Brendan Leonard October 8, 2010 Books

Most of us who have gone look- ing for enlightenment in the big hills, armed with crampons or ropes or ice axes or other implements — but without paying for professional mountain guides — have a worn copy of one of the first seven editions of “Mountaineering: The Freedom of the Hills” somewhere on our […]

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Ranger Confidential: Living, Working and Dying in the National Parks by Andrea Lankford

Ranger Confidential: Living, Working and Dying in the National Parks by Andrea Lankford

by Brendan Leonard October 8, 2010 Books

If you’ve spent any amount of time in our beloved national parks, you’ve probably seen some pretty bizarre stuff. A friend of mine who guides in the Grand Canyon once saw a woman actually pick up and throw a squirrel over a cliff at one of the South Rim viewpoints after it scampered up to […]

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A Life Ascending

A Life Ascending

by Brendan Leonard October 8, 2010 Film

It pretty much makes my month when an outdoors movie comes across my desk, and after watching it, I get to give it my “not ski/climbing porn” stamp. In the first few minutes of “A Life Ascending,” you see Ruedi Beglinger, owner of Revelstoke, British Columbia, hut-skiing company Selkirk Mountain Experience, anchor a rope to a snowblower […]

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