The Problem with the BLM Moving to the West

Plus, the only maternity "gear" we really need

Happy Monday. May all of your feasts be delicious this week.

What I’m reading

Kirstie Ennis Is the Toughest Mountaineer on Earth: After Kirstie Ennis lost her leg, she climbed some of the hardest mountains in the world. And she’s just getting started. [Anna Callaghan for Outside]

How Ultrarunner Caitlin Landesberg Turned Her Diagnosis Into Suffer-Free Beer: With additional resources and support offered by the Sierra Nevada acquisition, Landesberg is able to focus on what she does the best—developing new beers and serving the ever-growing Sufferfest community. She’s still surprised by the warp speed and wide reach of it all—that in addressing her own needs, she was able to create something that resonates far beyond the finish line. [Shawnté Salabert for October]

The Only “Gear” You Need to Stay Active While Pregnant: “When an Outside editor asked me to round up the best gear to help women do outdoor sports while pregnant, my first response was: Nope. And not because I’m opposed to pregnant women getting after it. I mountain biked into my second trimester, nordic skied into my third, rode my road bike to prenatal yoga, and “hiked” (i.e., waddled along trails with my dog) up until the day I gave birth. The real reason I balked is that I don’t believe pregnant people who want to play or exercise outside necessarily need technical maternity gear.” [Krista Langlois for Outside]

Why Alcatraz Matters to Native Americans: Fifty years ago, the occupation of the island put Indians’ rights on the national agenda. [Julian Brave NoiseCat for The New York Times]

The Problem with the BLM Moving to the West: The Bureau of Land Management has rented new headquarters in Grand Junction, Colorado, and given D.C. employees 30 days to decide whether to move. Why is the agency fleeing the capital for new digs? [Heather Hansman for Outside]

How Clare Gallagher Pushed Through a Tough Day: Things didn’t go as planned for the reigning Western States champ at The North Face Endurance Challenge, but she fought through it. (And drank a lot of Coke.) [Bryson Malone and Martin Fritz Huber for Outside]

A New Book Investigates B.C.'s Missing Native Women: 'Highway of Tears' tells the story of the dozens of indigenous women and girls who have gone missing or been found murdered along Canada's Highway 16. [Mona Gable for Outside]

The Geotagging Debate Is Really About Gatekeeping in the Outdoors: There’s much more to it than whether you should geotag your photos on social media. [Tyler Moss for Conde Nast Traveler]

Last but not least