Plus, there’s never been a better time to master the art of self-sufficiency

Hey everyone! Coming at you on a weird day, right before the long weekend, because I’m planning to take next week off.

I hope you have some fun plans that allow you to get outside, but in a responsible way.

Which brings me to…


Shoutout to my friend Katie Boué, who’s leading the social campaign.

As parks, trails, and beaches begin to reopen, it can be confusing to navigate this “new normal” in terms of how to recreate responsibly. The new #RecreateResponsibly guidelines give advice on how to get outdoors right now. When you choose to recreate responsibly, you are doing your part to keep yourself and others safe and healthy. No one wants to see our parks, trails, and beaches re-closed, and we can all do our part to take care of each other and these places so we can maintain access. We all have a shared responsibility to care for these places and ensure they remain for future generations to enjoy. Lead by example and join me in learning how to #RecreateResponsibly.


What I’m reading

How This Race Doubled Participation by Women: Organizers of the popular Grinduro California gravel event wanted to do better than its 15 percent non-male participation rate. So they set aside spots for women, femmes, and trans and nonbinary people, and sold out in four hours. [Abigail Barronian for Outside]

Founding Mothers of Professional Surfing: The early trailblazers who fought for equal pay and established the sport on a global scale. [Lauren L. Hill for Gestalten]

How to Do Everything Yourself: There’s never been a better time to master the art of self-sufficiency [A new package on Outside]

Why a Product Manager Wants You to Forget Her Gear: Jessica Rogers and her team make some of our favorite trail-running gear. [Martin Fritz Huber for Outside]

How to Practice Self-Love After a Breakup: Sometimes the best thing for a relationship is to let it go. [Blair Braverman for Outside]

Two Climbers. Best Friends. Only One Ticket to the Olympics. The Tokyo Games have been put off, but the battle to get there created an unusual rivalry in an event that has never been in the Olympics before. [Ari Schneider for The New York Times]

Why This Woman Chooses to Live in a Ghost Town: As one of the only inhabitants of an abandoned railway stop in eastern New Mexico, Debra Dawson has been social distancing for decades. Attracted to its history and surrounding landscape, she's found happiness far away from just about everyone. [Samuel Gilbert for Outside]

Tracksmith Wants to Redefine Running Sponsorships: The company is upending the traditional athlete contract model, by hiring Mary Cain and Nick Willis as full-time employees. [Martin Fritz Huber for Outside]

Last but not least

Ahmaud Arbery and Whiteness in the Running World

Plus, the AT hostels that will not close

Good evening! I hope your week is off to a good start. We just got the first solid rain in a long time, which is great for the farm and for the new hops I planted over the weekend. I can’t wait to brew with them. (Hopefully this fall?? I know virtually nothing about growing hops, so please DM me if you do and have wisdom to share.)

What I’m reading

This Group Is Helping Make Climbing Culture Inclusive: The Brown Ascenders is out to have a good time—and to bring change and equity to the climbing culture. [Joe Purtell for Outside]

The Appalachian Trail Hostels That Will Not Close: In the South, a series of hostels have welcomed hikers, defying trail closures and guidelines. They say they're acting on behalf of their communities. [Grayson Haver Currin for Outside]

My Postpartum Brain on Nature: A mother navigates colic, postpartum depression, fly-fishing, and solace. [Emily Stifler Wolfe for Sierra]

Ahmaud Arbery and Whiteness in the Running World: The response to Arbery's murder highlighted what I already knew: the running world is deeply divided by race, and we must address it. [Alison Mariella Désir for Outside]

Hunger Makes Me: A man’s appetite can be hearty, but a woman with an appetite—for food, for sex, for simple attention—is always voracious: she always overreaches, because it is not supposed to exist. [Jess Zimmerman for Hazlitt, h/t Blair Braverman for resurfacing this]

I Tried Airbnb's Zaniest Online Experiences: Could the company's latest play to own the experience economy transport me virtually around the world? I made sangria with drag queens in Portugal, meditated with sleepy sheep in Scotland, and visited stray dogs in Ukraine to find out just how far Zoom-powered travel could take me. [Nora Caplan-Bricker for Outside]

Last but not least

Climbing's Send-at-All-Costs Culture Almost Ruined Me

Plus, we're tracking every cycling death in 2020

Happy Monday! Jumping right in this morning.

We’re tracking every cycling fatality in 2020

I’m beyond proud of this package that just went live this morning. We’ve been working on it for months and months. Please spend some time with the main page, but also the two features and two articles under the “Reads” section.

It hasn’t been this dangerous to ride a bicycle on American roads in three decades. And in the face of our greater public-health crisis, more people than ever are riding bikes to avoid public transportation and to safely exercise outside. That means that as restrictions lift and cars begin returning to our roads at pre-pandemic levels, even more cyclists will die. This year, Outside is tracking every cycling traffic fatality.

See the Package

What I’m reading, the virus edition

Park Closures Have Unequal Costs: As we limit outdoor access, consider the impact on underrepresented communities. [José González for High Country News]

New HBO series ‘Betty’ Shows Unbridled Joy of NYC Female Skateboarders: “The girls have such a connection to the concrete, the shapes of buildings and the shapes of curves and grates and all these things that they can play with on their skateboards. I hope that people can get lost in it and feel the love that they have for the concrete and being outdoors and connecting with people. You know, being around people.” [Chuck Arnold for the New York Post]

How to Manage Cabin Fever: As most of the world stays indoors for days on end, we're all feeling varying degrees of cabin fever. Here's how to make sure you come out of it OK. [Emily Sohn for Outside]

What I’m reading, the think about something else edition

Climbing's Send-at-All-Costs Culture Almost Ruined Me: Beth Rodden opens up about her decades-long struggle with her body and climbing. [Rodden for Outside]

Two Weapons, a Chase, a Killing and No Charges: A 25-year-old man running through a Georgia neighborhood ended up dead. [Richard Fausset for The New York Times]

The Improbable Life of Zoe Helfrich: She was the daughter of a U.S. spy, an exile from Burma, a flight attendant in a war zone, and half of an epic love story. But how much of that was true? [Julia Cooke for the Atavist]

You Can't Actually Be Addicted to Sugar: Yes, it tastes great, but it’s not a drug. You’re welcome. [Christine Byrne for Outside]

How This 46-Year-Old Kayaker Finds Balance in Chaos: Anna Levesque uses yoga to slow down and fight self-doubt. [Graham Averill for Outside]

Local organic veggies

As many of you know, my partner, Will, is a farmer who grows everything from greens to squash to herbs to peppers, depending on the season. We recently launched a website that allows you to order ahead of pickup, pay with a credit card, and grab your greens and veggies from either the farm on Fridays or the Santa Fe Farmer’s Market on Saturdays.

Anyways, forgive the plug, but if you live near Santa Fe, consider buying from Paradox Farm.

Shop Veggies

Last but not least

How Can We Stop Feeling Useless Right Now?

Plus, Kai Lightner speaks out about his eating disorder

Hi everyone. The first month or so of this isolation felt weird but doable, to me. But the past few days have been harder. The novelty of working, eating, socializing, exercising, and generally existing from home has worn off. I know I’m lucky to be healthy and safe, but I’m finding it exhausting to continue living through screens—and this is coming from someone who already spent 70% of her days on the internet, pre-pandemic.

But one thing that’s really helped me is caring for my plants. There’s something rewarding about seeing new leaves come in or giving crowded roots a new home. So I’ve gone into full plant hoarder mode, filling up our sunroom, our kitchen, basically anywhere with good light.

Here’s an indoor herb garden box I put together a couple weekends ago

What I’m reading, the virus edition

How Can We Stop Feeling Useless Right Now? Staying home as much as possible is the most useful thing we can do. [Blair Braverman at Outside]

The Bizarre Intimacy of Group Fitness on Zoom: During the pandemic, everything happens on video chat—including exercising with strangers from the comfort of your home. [Leah Prinzivalli for Outside]

What Plants Can Teach Us About Survival: This study on “accidents involving flowers” is the most beautiful thing I’ve read during the pandemic. [Brian Resnick for Vox]

Inside the Controversial 6-Foot Social-Distancing Study: Last week a paper suggested that runners and cyclists need much more than six feet. The report went viral, and backlash ensued. But there was some legitimate science behind the claims. [Joe Lindsey for Outside]

The Nurse Who Came by Sea: “It really makes me hope and pray the public takes things seriously.” [Laura van Straaten for New York Magazine]

What I’m reading, the think about something else edition

Should You Buy That? Thingtesting Has the Answer. In an era dominated by online shopping, dubious influencer endorsements, and trendy, direct-to-consumer gear, it’s harder than ever to know who to trust. Jenny Gyllander, the mind behind the product-review Instagram account @thingtesting, is here to cut through the noise. [Leah Prinzivalli for Outside]

Kai Lightner Speaks Out About His Eating Disorder: Many male athletes struggle with eating disorders. By sharing his personal experience, Lightner hopes to let others know they are not alone. [Kai Lightner for Outside]

This Adaptive Skier Wants Outdoor Sports to Be for All: Vasu Sojitra didn't let an amputation stop him from skiing or climbing. Now he's turning his attention to advocacy. [Alison Van Houten for Outside]

Caster Semenya and the Cruel History of Contested Black Femininity: World Athletics’ regulations targeting Caster Semenya are rooted in a long legacy of black bodies being held to white standards. [Elizabeth Adetiba for SBNation]

The Salmon Sisters Want to Teach You How to Cook Fish: Alaska's favorite fishing siblings have a new quarantine skill for you to learn: making seafood delicious. Their new cookbook breaks down everything from filleting a wild-caught salmon to steaming Dungeness crab—and we've included two easy recipes to get you started. [Sam Hill for Outside]

The Day I Decided to Stop Being Afraid of Heights: In an excerpt from her new book, Nerve: Adventures in the Science of Fear, Outside correspondent Eva Holland is paralyzed by fear while hiking down from an ice climb. The experience catalyzes a quest to understand and overcome her acrophobia. [Eval Holland via Outside]

Last but not least

It's OK to Eat More and Exercise Less During Quarantine

Stop worrying about weight gain. The pandemic gives you enough to think about.

Hey everyone. Hope you’re safe and healthy. I’ve got a Zoom birthday (if that isn’t a nod to the times, I don’t know what is) to attend this evening, so I’m moving quickly on this send. Please forgive typos, stupid mistakes, etc.

(P.S. Stell says hi.)

The virus edition

It's OK to Eat More and Exercise Less During Quarantine: Stop worrying about weight gain. The pandemic gives you enough to think about. [Christine Byrne for Outside]

The People in Idaho’s Coronavirus Epicenter Have a Message for the Rest of Us: The rural area around Sun Valley, Idaho, became one of the earliest hot spots of COVID-19 cases in the US. Now, its residents can teach us something about what’s next. [Anne Helen Petersen for BuzzFeed]

Why Surfers and Climbers Break Social Distancing Rules: Flouting the law is in our blood, but for the time being, caution equals caring. [Daniel Duane for Outside]

What Environmentalism Can Teach Us About Staying Home: Lessons from Wendell Berry, Wallace Stegner, and my neighborhood trees. [Heather Hansman for Outside]

The think about something else edition

For Montana Wilderness Vet Marie Griffis, Winning Gaucho Derby Horse Race Was the Ultimate Survival Test: “It was a very dangerous race. It wasn’t just a horse race. It was a huge test of survival skills.” [Richard Dunwoody for the Billings Gazette]

How to Hike Solo and Make it in Outdoor Journalism with Shawnté Salabert [via Caroline Gleich’s podcast]

Last but not least

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