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Category Archives: Long Reads

Navigating Aches and Aging on the Best Trailrunning Route in the World

A few years ago, I crossed an unseen boundary and entered the land of middle age. The shift came slowly, then abruptly, and there I was, at 48, the new guy in a place whose inhabitants talked about poor sleep, unfaithful bowels, and watching soccer instead of playing it. I adapted to these strange ways […]

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The Big Sur Waterfall Project Is Top Secret

I first learned about Leor Pantilat the way one learns about lots of things these days: while sitting on my couch and scrolling through Instagram. As an avid hiker and backpacker with decades of mileage in the wilds of California, I recognized the general features of the images he posted—the scoured granite of the Sierra […]

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By the Time You Read This, I’ll Be Gone

If you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide or self-harm, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline toll-free from anywhere in the United States at 1-800-273-8255, or text HOME to the Crisis Text Line at 741741. If you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted, call the National Sexual Assault Hotline at […]

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Cattle-Tank Paddling: the Raucous Nebraska River Race Where Everybody Wins

“It’s just one of them things,” Mitch Glidden tells me. He’s smiling wide behind a thick horseshoe mustache. “You gotta get heads in beds.” When Glidden speaks, you listen; not only because he’s an inveterate storyteller, or because his eyes crackle like fireworks, or because he’s arguably the jolliest man in Hooker County, Nebraska, but […]

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The Time I Crossed Paths with a Modern Day Huck Finn

Riverman is the April pick for the Outside Book Club. You can learn more about the book club here, or join us on Facebook to discuss it. In the summer of 1999, Richard Perry Conant, age 48, quit his job as a janitor at the VA hospital in Boise, declaring himself fed up with the Clinton impeachment indulgence and maybe modernity […]

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What I’ve Learned from Loving a New Dog While Grieving Another

If you are a survivor of domestic abuse or are worried about someone else’s safety, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline toll-free from anywhere in the U.S. at 1-800-799-7233, or text “START” to 88788 To be fair to my sweet dog, Trudy, she was just trying to play. But she broke my nose instead. It had been […]

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Deb Haaland’s Long Game for Victory

In February 2021, when President-elect Joe Biden nominated Deb Haaland to become the 54th secretary of the interior, the left and right staked out familiar turf. A one-term Democratic congresswoman from Albuquerque, New Mexico, Haaland had become a darling to environmentalists. She supported the Green New Deal, called for a fracking ban on public lands, […]

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