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Category Archives: Opinion

It’s Time for a Mountain Dew Smackdown

I’m All For Trying New Things, but the Original Mountain Dew Flavor—Citrus—Is the One True Path By Jonathan Dorn Let me begin by commending my opponent for joining this important debate. Adam is a caring parent, a world traveler, and a charismatic champion of spiders, snakes, and other unfairly despised creatures. His empathy for underdogs […]

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Can I Be Opposed to Yankee Imperialism and Still Surf in Mexico?

Dear Sundog: Two decades ago, my friend and I drove far south of the border until I came to a perfect little fishing village on the coast that I’ll call Playa X. We camped on the beach, surfed, and subsisted on fish tacos and avocados. I went back many times, hardly spent any money, and […]

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The Way We Talk About Women’s Safety While Running Needs to Change

On Tuesday, September 6th, the body of 34-year-old Eliza Fletcher—a mom, kindergarten teacher, and avid runner—was found in an abandoned duplex in Memphis, Tennessee. She was an amazing human, and her death is a heart-breaking, infuriating tragedy.  As the editor of a running magazine, I hate that I have to write this article. Most of […]

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No, Herschel Walker, We Don’t “Have Enough Trees Around Here”

Paging the Lorax—Georgia GOP Senate nominee Herschel Walker apparently has an ax to grind with trees. On Sunday, Walker criticized President Biden’s Inflation Reduction Act to a crowd gathered in Sandy Springs, near Atlanta, and said that his beef was with the bill’s emphasis on greenery. “They [Democrats] continue to try to fool you that […]

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Tourists: We Need to Take Better Care of Our National Parks

Back in 1989, I was a restless college freshman looking for a spring break alternative to South Padre Island. So I hopped in a van crammed with several fellow geology students and one brave professor, and we drove 1,400 miles from Minnesota to Big Bend, the first national park I had the opportunity to visit. […]

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Mountain Towns Still Don’t Know How to Talk About Racism

As a Black woman with a complicated upbringing, the mountains of northwest Wyoming weren’t an obvious place for me to find a home. My childhood was a short-lived one—I moved roughly 13 times before I was 13, and what I experienced during those years is an example of the disproportionate rates of abuse and risk […]

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Our Running Coach Analyzes Senator Josh Hawley’s January 6 Sprint

At a Capitol Hill hearing last night, the January 6th committee prompted a dramatic audience reaction when they played video of Senator Josh Hawley (R-Missouri) fleeing insurrectionists.  As a running coach, I had a similarly visceral reaction. His form! His apparel! His complete and utter lack of regard for democratic norms!  Let’s break it down.  […]

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Op-Ed: We Need to Learn the Forgotten Stories in Our National Parks

Editor’s Note: On June 29, The Mellon Foundation announced a $13.4 million grant to the National Park Foundation to fund 30 humanities postdoctoral fellowships. These roles expand on a pilot program of four fellows started in 2017. During their fellowship, scholars will educate the public about the complex histories of national parks. Their work will […]

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Has Pooping Outdoors Been Ruined Forever?

Dear Sundog: When I was growing up, young and free, pooping outdoors was much more casual and fun because there were fewer people—and fewer rules. Is it possible to follow those rules and still have a glorious bowel movement outdoors, or is the fun ruined forever? —Plugged Dear Plugged: I suspect that when we mourn […]

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What’s the Deal with People Blasting Their Speakers in the Backcountry?

Dear Sundog: I was backpacking some 12 miles from pavement when I came upon a pair of hikers blasting music from tiny speakers in their packs. Isn’t this illegal? Am I within my rights to tell them to turn it off? —Wilderness Audio Prohibition Dear WAP: Back in the day, the problem of doofs rocking […]

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