8 Women Who Are Changing the Climbing Community

Plus, Blackfeet Nation is trying to open a national park

As I write this, it’s Monday morning and my best friend is visiting from Minnesota for a long weekend of hot springs, beer, paddling, and dogs. Diving right in and then getting back to vacation.


What I’m reading

8 Women Who Are Changing the Climbing Community: Meet the activists, community mobilizers, and athletes creating their own space in climbing. [Sasha Turrentine for Outside]

The Blackfeet Nation Is Trying to Open Its Own National Park: Members of the Blackfeet Nation want tourists to understand how the story of Glacier National Park is really the story of their nation. [Samantha Webber for High Country News]

Blair Braverman on the Iditarod, Fear, and Resilience: Nothing completely prepares a rookie for mushing a thousand miles across Alaska in the dead of winter. But when it comes together—thanks to your dogs, your friends, and your own hard work—it's magic. [Blair Braverman for Outside]

An Amputee’s Toughest Challenge Yet: Her 140-Mile Run in the Desert: Amy Palmiero-Winters become the first female amputee to complete the Marathon des Sables, a stage race roughly equivalent to running 23.5 miles a day for six days in relentless heat over sand dunes, rocks, dry valleys, stony plateaus and salt flats in southern Morocco. [Jeré Longman for The New York Times]

Meet the Man Visiting All 419 National Park Sites: What began as a carpe diem trip has become one of the few representations of visible queerness in the outdoor world. [Grace Perry for Outside]

Requiem for a Tree: After a massive fire, one man tried to replant the forests of his childhood. More than half a decade later, he realized he was fighting a losing battle against climate change. We all are. [Cody Petterson for Outside]

Coach Isabella Rojas's Advice for New Climbers: The climber, photographer, and co-founder of Más wants you to know that you belong in the climbing gym. [Michael A. Estrada for Outside]

Becoming Nikki Smith

Two years ago, the climbing photographer known as Nathan Smith saw no way out, after struggling for years with gender-identity issues in the male-dominated outdoor industry. Then—slowly, bravely—Nikki introduced herself to the world. Julie Ellison wrote this for Outside.

Five words saved Nikki’s life, words that are now tattooed on her left wrist. Show up and be seen.

Last but not least