• Trying to fathom the desert is an exercise in futility.

    I strain to see something otherworldly, but I just see rocks. I try to feel something sacred, but I just feel the soft wind on my face. I thought life would make sense up here, on this plateau where prayer and technology co-exist. But trying to fathom the desert is an exercise in futility.

    Caroline Treadway
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  • In my experience Wyoming has always been a sacred place — wild, lonely and free.

    Most people think of Wyoming as the land of Dick Cheney, Old Faithful and domestic oil. But in my experience Wyoming has always been a sacred place — wild, lonely and free.

    Caroline Treadway - Rock and Ice Magazine Issue 217
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  • Ian Powell hit bottom three years go on Thanksgiving in a dumpster near Denver.

    Huddled under a layer of trash, he was freezing, dope-sick and hadn’t eaten for days.

    Caroline Treadway
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  • “For a lot of veterans, it’s not easy to come home.”

    Many return to broken families and relationships, unemployment and depression. Isolated by their combat experiences, they turn to drugs, alcohol and suicide, with disturbing frequency. This past April, the Army Times released a statistic that 18 vets commit suicide each day, just one number that hints at the hidden costs of war, back home. Stacy Bare, who’s worked through his own struggle to reintegrate, often found that nothing helped more than just getting outside and climbing.

    Veterans Expeditions - venturethere.com
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  • “Bob Kimbro carries his feet to the crag — toy-sized, electric blue climbing shoes almost small enough to fit on a keychain.”

    Kimbro screws the shoes into metal posts where his ankles used to be, ties into the rope and scrambles up a limestone pillar at Shelf Road, a climbing area near Canon City, Colorado. It’s a typical day at the crag with Paradox Sports.

    It's Not Over - Elevation Outdoors
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  • “Bikes Not Bombs has built a community around bikes and social activism in Boston, staying true to its punk rock roots and local ethic.”

    This rainy Saturday, Carl Kurz helped volunteers load bikes into the trailer. Resembling a wizened fisherman, Kurz wore a black fleece cap over shaggy salt and pepper hair that crept into a reddish beard. Volunteers followed him with questions while he pushed a stroller full of bike parts toward the trailer.

    Happy Wheels, Happy World - elephant journal
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  • “These sleek giants are perfectly designed for life in the aquatic fast lane.”

    Hanzaki thrive in swift, cold mountain streams that eventually

    meander through farmland and cities in Japan. These sleek

    giants are perfectly designed for life in the aquatic fast lane.

    With wide, flat heads, camouflaged bodies, and rudder-like

    tails, the salamanders use grippy toe pads to maneuver on

    slick algae.

    Super Salamanders - Smithsonian Zoogoer
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  • “Such cold temperatures can suspend life within a cell for 20 to 30 years, or even longer.”

    Mary Crauderueff literally has one of the coolest jobs in the world. She’s an archivist. But Crauderueff isn’t sorting papers. Fresh out of school with a master’s degree in library science, she’s just landed a dream job as the archivist for the Smithsonian’s collection of frozen biological samples.

     

     

    Frozen Assets - Smithsonian Zoogoer
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  • “Daniel examines the problem in solitude, visualizing how each finger will grab the sun-baked, Cheshire cat crimps.”

    Every half hour, Daniel Woods sneaks away to brush the holds on his project, a swath of gritty, black sandstone at

    Area 51 in Joe’s Valley, Utah. Daniel examines the problem in solitude

    with monk-like patience, visualizing how each finger will grab the

    sun-baked, Cheshire cat crimps.

     

    La Force Tranquille Urban Climber Magazine
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  • “Hagedorn is racing to create frozen archives of live tissue before the endangered Elkhorn and Staghorn corals disappear.”

    With funding from the Smithsonian and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Hagedorn’s lab in Hawaii is the only one in the world dedicated to coral cryopreservation.

    Connecticut Scientist Leads the Way in Freezing Coral to Give it Life Later - The New London Day
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