Sarah Marquis Is Breaking Up Exploration's Boys Club

Plus, today is Indigenous Peoples’ Day

Happy Monday, everyone! I’m writing to you from the very cold and snowy (yes, it’s still October) Minnesota.

Apologies for missing last week’s send. I was dogsitting for a friend, and, well, time got away from me.

Let’s get into it.

Today is Indigenous Peoples’ Day

Some of North America’s most popular sites hold great spiritual significance to our continent’s indigenous communities. But many residents and visitors know little about the cultural importance of the places they adventure on. A growing indigenous-led tourism industry is working to bridge that gap, opening up Native lands and leading hikes, cycling tours, and multi-day trips that explore their histories. On October 14, the U.S. government will recognize 566 indigenous tribes and Canada will observe 634 First Nations, as well as Métis and Inuit communities, for Indigenous Peoples’ Day. With Native American Heritage Month and both U.S. and Canadian Thanksgivings also coming up, now’s the time to reflect on those stories and engage with the living cultures of the present.

[Stacey McKenna for Outside]

What I’m reading

Sarah Marquis Is Breaking Up Exploration's Boys Club: She walks across entire continents. She has a Spidey sense for alligators and avalanches. And she is redefining what it means to be a modern-day explorer. [Bill Donahue for Outside]

Jessica Nabongo's Lessons from Visiting Every Country: “A lot of people ask me which countries are safe for black people to travel,” Nabongo recently wrote on an Instagram post from the Seychelles. “This question typically comes from black Americans. The U.S. has perfected racism in a way that I’ve not seen in other countries, so I would urge you to travel WHEREVER you want to, no matter who you are and what you look like.” [Alexandra Talty for Outside]

The Runners Alliance Tool Kit: A collaboration between Runner’s World, Women’s Health, Garmin, and Hoka.

Who Owns the Wild: Grizzlies or Humans? Somer Treat has run the trail where a grizzly bear killed her husband, Brad, nearly every day since his death in June 2016. Brad was mountain biking on a national-forest trail near Glacier National Park when he came around a blind corner and rode straight into a bear. Somer, 40, doesn’t blame the grizzly. With her husband going 30 feet a second, the animal just didn’t see him coming. [Nick Mott for Outside]

Will 'Akuna' Robinson's Triple Crown Was Only the Start: After becoming the first African American male to complete the triple crown of thru-hiking, Robinson is sharing his own experience to encourage more people to get outdoors. [Kathryn Miles for Outside]

For the First Time in Its 147-Year History, Yellowstone National Park Has a Female Chief Ranger: For 147 years, Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming has been overseen by a parade of chief rangers, all of them men. Until now. [Elizabeth Wolfe and Saeed Ahmed for CNN]

Meet One of the First Women on Everest in 'Rising': In 1986, Sharon Wood became the first North American woman to climb the world's tallest peak. Now she's opening up about her experience—on and off the mountain. [Jayme Moye for Outside]

Listen: Fat Bear Week Crowns a Queen and Educates Ursine Health: The fatter the bear, the more likely they are to survive the long winter. [Erin Berger on the radio]

Has Overtourism Killed Big Sur? The once idyllic coastal area of California has been besieged by tourists, and residents worry that lasting environmental damage is being done. But how can you tell visitors not to come when tourism supports so many? [Josh Marcus for Outside]

Congrats, Shannon!

Big shoutout to my friend, mentor, and new boss of Backpacker <3

Effective November 1, Shannon Davis will join Backpacker as editorial director; simultaneously, longtime editor-in-chief Dennis Lewon will assume the new role of Director of Content across the group portfolio.

Last but not least

Chloe goes to college:

She Survived a Stabbing, then Climbed Mount Katahdin

And Axie Navas jumps from journalism to lead NM's promotion of outdoor activities

Hi everyone! I see a bunch of new folks in the mix this week, so welcome, thanks for subscribing, and you can expect this newsletter in your inbox every Monday or so. I usually try to provide a mix of links from around the web, but it’s one of those weeks where I’ve featured mostly Outside content—which, at the end of the day, means we’re covering important issues in our world, so I’ll take it.

Before we get started, I must know: Why do puppies grow so quickly? I feel like I blinked and mine doubled in size.

What I’m reading

She Survived a Stabbing, then Climbed Mount Katahdin: In May, Kirby Morrill was nearly murdered during a thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail. Four months later, she climbed Maine's highest peak, the route's terminus. [Grayson Haver Currin for Outside]

Shenandoah National Park Is Confronting Its History: America's parks are confronting the past in an effort to create more inclusive wilderness spaces. [Kathryn Miles for Outside]

'Molly of Denali' Gives Native Kids a New Cartoon Hero: Princess Daazhraii Johnson, a creative producer for the PBS series, tells Outside that the show is a "way of saying that it’s OK to be who you are, you should be proud of that." [Krista Langlois for Outside]

New Mexico Names Former Outside Editor as OREC Director: Axie Navas jumps from journalism to lead the state's promotion of outdoor activities. (Sticks and Stones note: …And I’m so excited for her! I’m not crying, you’re crying.) [Amelia Arvesen for SNEWS]

Why Running’s Greatest Protest Still Matters: As John Carlos and Tommie Smith are about to be inducted in the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame, others face punishment for similar acts. [Martin Fritz Huber for Outside]

Running Kept These Sisters Close Through Tough Times: The siblings essentially crossed finish lines together in high school track. Moving far apart and facing their own demons, they found that the bond of running holds fast. [Hilary Oliver for Outside]

Photographing Nature While Black: One man’s quest to make green spaces less white. [Kate Yoder for Grist]

How One Move Can Make Climbing More Inclusive: Dynos are big, scary, and an excellent way to think about how we can be more supportive and intentional at the crag. [Anaheed Saatchi for Outside]

Tibet Is Still Burning: Over the past ten years, more than 160 Tibetans have committed self-immolation—the act of setting yourself on fire—to protest Chinese occupation of their country. Has this had any lasting effect? In an extraordinary journey to Dharamsala, India, the center of Tibetan culture in exile, a journalist and a scholar talk to family members about the meaning and costs of the ultimate political sacrifice. [Tracy Ross for Outside]

Happy Fat Bear Week

It’s that time of year again when the bears of Katmai National Park compete for chunk. To celebrate, reread Erin Berger’s work of art: The Glory of Otis, Fattest of the Fat Bears:

We want the rolls—especially rolls around the haunches, a sign of peak fatness. Much like a football player, a bear’s neck should get so large that its head starts looking disproportionately small. The belly should hang as close to the ground as possible, the fur coat should get glossy and thick enough to cover up scars, and the bear should have the lethargic and slow-moving demeanor of, well, an animal that’s about to mostly sleep for six months. When Fat Bear Week finally rolls around, the healthiest bears are cartoonishly rounded and majestic, so stuffed full that no other word fits better than “rotund.”

Last but not least

The Nepali Women Who Hike for Days to Deliver Birth Control

Plus, the climate strike

Just got back from a weekend in southern Colorado, where fall has definitely arrived. Pictured here, me hoarding puppies in hot springs.

What I’m reading

This Instagram Influencer Gives Up Social Media Every Sunday: Katie Boué started practicing No Social Sundays and reclaimed her time. [Katie Boué for Outside]

Mush Love Dogs: In this wide-ranging interview, Blair Braverman and Ana Marie Cox cover Blair’s memoir (Welcome to the Goddamn Ice Cube), all things mushing, how to dress for cold weather, climate change, and the surprising similarities between raising dogs and cultivating a compassionate online community. They also discuss some of the more sensitive topics in her memoir, including Blair’s interactions with toxic masculinity, and how her chronic illness altered her relationship with productivity and leisure. [on With Friends Like These]

Greta Thunberg's Army at New York City's Climate Strike: Millions around the world took to the streets to protest inaction on the climate crisis. In New York City, they got to hear from the commander-in-chief herself. [Murat Oztaskin for Outside]

Jennifer Ridgeway, the Visionary Behind the Patagonia Brand, Dies: Ridgeway was a force to be reckoned with, and over more than three decades with Patagonia helped pioneer its iconic aesthetic. [Brad Rassler for Outside]

Camber Outdoors Welcomes New Executive Director: Emily Newman hails from a California social-impact consultancy to lead the organization in its "equity in the outdoors" efforts. [Amelia Arvesen for SNEWS]

The Nepali Women Who Hike for Days to Deliver Birth Control: Staff members of Marie Stopes International navigate wild bulls, treacherous singletrack, and rushing rivers to make long-term birth control accessible to some of the hardest-to-access places in Nepal. [Atul Bhattarai for Outside]

Last but not least

What We Miss by Studying Mostly Men

Plus, the grandma on a mission to visit every national park

Good morning! Apologies for my tardiness on this send. Let’s get right to business.

What I’m reading

This Grandma Is Visiting Every National Park: Together, Joy and her grandson Brad have driven more than 25,000 miles through 38 states—and they're not done yet. [Connor W. Davis for Outside]

California Just Made It Illegal to Pay Women Less Than Men In Sporting Events on State Lands: Inspired by the fight CEWS took to Maverick’s, California State Assemblymember Tasha Boerner Horvath introduced the “equal pay for equal play” measure that was signed into law Monday. [Dylan Heyden for the Inertia]

Don't Compare Your Life to Instagram: How to handle the ups and downs of nomadic life. [Blair Braverman for Outside]

Kate Courtney secures MTB World Cup Title with Podium Finish: Kate Courtney secured the World Cup cross-country overall title with a fifth-place finish in Snowshoe, West Virginia. [via VeloNews]

The Environment Is Being Weaponized for Hate: Even as the green movement works toward building an inclusive outdoor community, anti-immigration groups are using environmental rhetoric to keep people out. [Heather Hansman for Outside]

What We Miss by Studying Mostly Men: Two new studies on beet juice and VO2max highlight the limitations of sports science research that excludes female athletes. [Alex Hutchinson for Outside]

Congrats Akuna!

Last but not least

Inside the Complex Debate Over Transgender Athletes

Plus, how a 21-year-old and her pet snake took YouTube by storm

I have a confession: I worked this weekend. I know we’re supposed to “unplug” and “reset” and all that, but sometimes it saves me stress to start the week more on top of my stuff. So whatever. Here’s to productivity. Wishing you a very good Monday and week.

What I’m reading

Why Vanlifer Jennelle Eliana Is So Popular: How a 21-year-old and her pet snake took YouTube by storm. [Taylor Lorenz for Outside]

Lost in Alaskan Wilderness, I Found My Anti-Home: Denali is a place with no safety net, no walls, no sense of enclosure or safety or intimacy or kinship. [Chia-Chia Lin for The New York Times]

Inside the Complex Debate Over Transgender Runners: Unsurprisingly, the implications of this debate ripple far beyond the sport. [Martin Fritz Huber for Outside]

Few Tame Crazy Ultras Better: Courtney Dauwalter Wins 2019 UTMB: American men falter as Spain’s Pau Capell dominates the field from the start. [Brian Metzler for Runner’s World]

Norway's Bold Plan to Tackle Overtourism: And climate change at the same time. [Stephanie Pearson for Outside]

In other news

Last but not least

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