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Death in the Alpine
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May 14, 2018

Outdoor recreation and travel through the American West are a big part of life for many out here, and our annual Outdoor and Travel special issue takes a hard look at outdoor recreation’s influence — and its costs.

Feature

Death in the alpine
Death in the alpine
Social media is changing our relationship to risk, with deadly consequences.

Current

Craft breweries aren’t a new trend — but co-op pubs are
Craft breweries aren’t a new trend — but co-op pubs are
In Montana, the town of Ronan hops on the brewery bandwagon.
In a new home, the OR Show flexes its political muscle
In a new home, the OR Show flexes its political muscle
As the outdoor industry ramps up its advocacy, it faces tough questions from Indigenous recreators.
Extreme mountain biker group fights for wilderness access
Extreme mountain biker group fights for wilderness access
A new law could change the nature of wilderness travel.
‘Unlikely hikers’ gain traction
‘Unlikely hikers’ gain traction
Social media is raising the profile of underrepresented outdoor communities.
Recreation is redefining the value of Western public lands
Recreation is redefining the value of Western public lands
Visits to public lands and consumer spending grow, as agency budgets atrophy.
How do we honor New Mexico’s colorful past
How do we honor New Mexico’s colorful past
… without celebrating colonialism’s violence?

Editor's Note

A hard look at outdoor rec’s influence — and cost
A hard look at outdoor rec’s influence — and cost
The outdoor industry fills a unique role in the West as a political force and as an entity getting more people outside.

Essays

Your stoke won’t save us
Your stoke won’t save us
The idea that outdoor recreation leads to meaningful conservation rests on a big ‘if.’
The nowhereness of airports
The nowhereness of airports
The way air travel has devolved says something awful about humans.

Multimedia

Through a thru-hiker’s eyes
Through a thru-hiker’s eyes
A photographer captures the community he found on the Pacific Crest Trail.

Book Reviews

Section hikers offer tips on the Pacific Crest Trail
Section hikers offer tips on the Pacific Crest Trail
From Canada to Mexico, a series of books shares the insider knowledge of the trail.
How might humans and wilderness co-exist?
How might humans and wilderness co-exist?
I want my daughter to know the wilderness outside our cabin, and the wildness within each of us.

Heard Around the West

Free-range parenting; vandalized valentine; duck, duck, goat
Free-range parenting; vandalized valentine; duck, duck, goat
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.

Dear Friends

Spring brings more visitors, and awards
Spring brings more visitors, and awards
HCN receives a James Beard Award, and says hello to one of Paonia’s newest and smallest residents.
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