The First Women on Hotshot Crews

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What I’m reading

The First Women on Hotshot Crews: One wildland firefighter interviews some of the trailblazers who came before her on the fires and shifts they’ll never forget and the policies they changed for the women who came after them. [Amanda Monthei for Outside]

National Women’s Soccer League Awards Expansion Team Rights to Los Angeles: Expansion group hails from Hollywood, technology, venture, media and sports sector, including 14 former U.S. women national team players. [via NWSL]

Why the Name of a Major Gravel Event Is Being Changed: On the Dirty Kanza and the cycling world's reckoning with a racist, exclusionary past. [Caitlin Giddings for Outside]

Mountain Bikers Examine Their Relationship with Crashing: Three women in competitive mountain biking examine their relationships with falling, both on and off the course. [via The New Yorker]

What Kids Can Learn from Ashima Shiraishi's Many Falls: The climbing prodigy's book, 'How to Solve a Problem,' teaches youth how to approach seemingly impossible challenges. [Krista Langlois for Outside]

Consider the Roadkill: There are myriad arguments for and against eating roadkill. Can they all be true at the same time? [Katherine LaGrave for Outside]

The Evolution of an Adventure Wheelchair: AdvenChair 2.0, coming out late this year, will allow more people to experience the wilderness. [Emily Pennington for Outside]

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