Good News, Even in Darkness

Plus, Freeride World Tour announces equal pay for female athletes

Good evening! Coming at you late because I overslept this morning. 2020’s off to a strong start, eh?

What I’m reading

Can Running's Most Controversial Website Really Change? “We’re basically saying that we’re tired of waiting for you guys to figure this out, and we’re tired of you telling us that you can’t do anything about it. So we are going to go ahead and start doing our own thing. But wouldn’t it have been nice if we could have all been hanging out together?” [Martin Fritz Huber for Outside]

Freeride World Tour Announces Equal Pay for Female Athletes: The Freeride World Tour is setting a new standard at the dawn of a new decade: equal pay regardless of gender. It’s a progressive step forward for female freeriding, and the FWT hopes it will elevate the next generation of freeriders. [Katie Lozancich for TGR]

The 25 Best Accessible Trails in America: We talked to the experts about everything from surface stability to parking to find the most epic trails in the U.S. [Emily Pennington for Outside]

Why a Wildlife Biologist Became a Social Justice Advocate: Sergio Avila, known prominently for his jaguar research, shifted his focus to equity in the outdoors. [Jessica Kutz for High Country News]

Good News, Even in Darkness: As we begin a critical new decade for the environment, we need to look toward the light. [Heather Hansman for Outside]

This Siberian Husky Summited All 58 of Colorado's 14ers: Ellie Briggs and Loki’s seven-year quest [Jeff Golden for Outside]

Cool event for the radar

Climate Rally: January 31 from 2-4 pm at the Colorado Capitol in Denver, CO.⁣

On the last day of the Outdoor Retailer tradeshow, I’m organizing a climate march and rally with @katieboue to stand with youth activists and advance the cause of climate action! Will you join us?⁣

As a professional ski mountaineer, I realize that those of us who are able to go outside for recreation are privileged. It is imperative that we recognize our privilege and do everything we can to protect the environment, expand outdoor access and create a community with more representation and inclusion.⁣

When the trade show left Salt Lake City and moved to Denver, it was because of Bear’s Ears and Utah’s hostility to public lands. The threats to our public lands are directly related to climate change and social justice. It’s time for the outdoor industry to step up and lead on climate.⁣

Clean air, clean water and access to the outdoors is a human right – it shouldn’t be an activity limited to a privileged few. Climate change disproportionately affects communities of color and low-income families, who are likelier to live near polluting power plants, congested highways, toxic waste sites, and landfills. And the high asthma rates in their children reflect this reality.⁣

Climate change is the biggest social justice issue of our time. And the urgency calls on us to act now.⁣

RSVP on our Facebook event – link below and in profile:⁣
#ActOnClimate #ClimateRally2020
January 13, 2020

Not about women, politics, or the enviro, etc., but well worth a read

My Journey to Scotland's Most Remote Pub: For decades, the Old Forge was the holy grail of the British outdoors community. The UK's remotest pub, it could only be reached via boat or a three-day walk through one of Britain's last true wildernesses, the Knoydart peninsula in Scotland. A dispute between some locals and a new owner threatened the legend—until they decided to open up a pub of their own. [Oliver Smith for Outside]

Last but not least