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July 20, 2015

SHREDDED: Will a growing, technologically evolved army of thrill seekers overrun every corner of the West? Cover Photo: Day seven of a hut-to-hut mountain biking trip from Telluride, Colorado, to Moab, Utah. By Sergio Ballivian

Feature

Illegal bike trails and a Forest Service crackdown divide a town
Illegal bike trails and a Forest Service crackdown divide a town
A biking boom in Sedona, Arizona, forces locals to ask: Is there room for all these people?
Can human judgment handle avalanches?
Can human judgment handle avalanches?
We’re better than ever at understanding the dangers of avalanches. So why can’t we avoid them?

Current

Mule deer in decline, crude oil spills and violence against federal staffers.
Living the dream, on overtime
Living the dream, on overtime
Why the outdoor industry opposes a federal minimum wage.
Private-land camping startups offer alternative to public lands
Private-land camping startups offer alternative to public lands
Airbnb-like websites spring up in response to overcrowded public campsites.
Misadventures in packrafting
Misadventures in packrafting
Is the new sport just an expensive way to get into trouble on the river?
Biking the line between wilderness and civilization
Biking the line between wilderness and civilization
A bikepacking trip in Canyonlands offers a new look at a well-travelled landscape.
Deaths renew calls for national parks to rescind BASE jumping bans
Deaths renew calls for national parks to rescind BASE jumping bans
Squirrel suited flyers say the bans actually contribute to deadly accidents.
Public-lands visitation and recreation, by the numbers
Public-lands visitation and recreation, by the numbers
Fatalities, backcountry trips, ATVs and Denali summit attempts over the years.

Editor's Note

The trail less traveled
The trail less traveled
The trail less traveled

Essays

On death’s doorstep in the Grand Canyon
On death’s doorstep in the Grand Canyon
A misstep in the backcountry alters an avid hiker’s perspective.
Readers’ essays on favorite spots to recreate
Readers’ essays on favorite spots to recreate
Tell us where we can find you paddling, walking and hunting.
Is tech ruining the wilderness?
Is tech ruining the wilderness?
Documenting recreation on Instagram, Strava and YouTube is changing the way we experience the outdoors.

Book Reviews

Exploring “The Crown of the Continent” in photos
Exploring “The Crown of the Continent” in photos
Photographer Steven Gnam takes readers into the one of the most remote stretches of wilderness, along the ridge of the Northern Rockies.
Alaska tourism and the white man’s native
Alaska tourism and the white man’s native
Review of "So, How Long Have You Been Native? Life as an Alaska Native Tour Guide" by Alexis C. Bunten.
Climbing over the edge
Climbing over the edge
Review of "Snowblind: Stories of Alpine Obsession" by Daniel Arnold.

Heard Around the West

Drought-driven water thieves, Brahma bulls and pine beagles.
Drought-driven water thieves, Brahma bulls and pine beagles.
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.

Dear Friends

Spring board meeting, and swearing
Spring board meeting, and swearing
A recap of the recent board meeting in Paonia, an update on our profanity policy and a correction.
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