By Dylan Jones
As we rounded the bend in the rocky trail, rock walls of gneiss and schist soared from the sagebrush meadows above us like magnificent giants guarding the pristine wilderness ahead.
Carrying a winter’s worth of precipitation over rocks and ledges, Death Canyon Creek drowned out most audible sounds, but above its thundering echo, we managed to pick up a recognizable “eeep.”
Could it be a pika?
My hiking partner Lauren grabbed her camera and snapped a photo before I spotted our target. Then I saw it, perched on a watermelon-sized chunk of brilliant white granite, alert. Its ears were pulled back, and its head and beady black eye turned toward us. It was aware of our presence long before we knew of it.
Story and Photos by Aaron Teasdale
People have different definitions of paradise, but they always know it when they find it. When my family and I arrived at the untrammeled beaches of Popoyo, Nicaragua, we'd found ours.
My wife, two sons, and I stayed in other magical places during our nine months in Central America, but we’ll never forget our two weeks in a surf shack on those golden beaches.
By Dylan Jones
No two days are alike in the mountains.
I’m flying solo on an eight-week road trip in the interior West this summer, enjoying my fill of hiking, biking and climbing. So far, my adventures have included strenuous day and overnight hikes to alpine lakes in Wyoming’s towering Teton Range and Idaho’s jagged Sawtooths – two iconic ranges with skylines as recognizable as those of New York City or Chicago.
The exhaustion and leg burn that accompany ascents up steep trails wash away with the heart-stopping dips in deep blue alpine lakes. Striking vistas, sweet-smelling air and rapidly-changing weather have bombarded me with nonstop environmental stimuli.
First Ocean Rowing Team Lands in Honolulu After 43 Days
By Emily Wolfe
Team Uniting Nations has taken their last oar strokes in the 43-day, 2,400-mile row from Monterrey, California to Honolulu, Hawaii.
The winners of the inaugural Great Pacific Race, the members of the four-man crew came from New Zealand, The Netherlands, the UK and South Korean. They hadn’t met each other before climbing aboard their 24-foot ocean rowing vessel Danielle this spring.
By Emily Wolfe
Matt Rutherford and Nicole Treholm just spent 63 days sailing across the Pacific Ocean in a prototype WD Schock 29 called the Sakura.
During the 6,500-mile voyage from California to Japan, they had to jerry-rig a compression post when the deck cracked above and below the mast; they almost caught a shark in their research net; and they gathered new data on marine plastic pollution.
It’s all in a day’s work for these ocean veterans.
Rutherford, Founder and Executive Director of the nonprofit Ocean Research Project, made the first nonstop solo voyage around North and South America, spending 309 days at sea from June 2011 to April 2012 and earning two Guinness World Records. Trenholm, ORP’s Program Director and Field Operations Scientist, is a 100 ton US Coast Guard Nearshore licensed Captain, and a former hydrographer and mate for NOAA.
Landmark is ASC's groundbreaking project to provide "boots on the ground" support for the American Prairie Reserve management team. Wildlife survey crews consist of skilled outdoors men and women who live and work on Montana's northern Great Plains, collecting data that informs APR's conservation management decisions.
A few members of our June Landmark crew are staying on through July, Alex, Leah and Shannon, and they are joined by three new teammates, Caleb, Meghan and Jonah. Get to know the new folks here:
Caleb Hart is a resident of the great state of Indiana. He has a degree in English Literature and Education from the University of Ball State, and is currently an English and Journalism teacher and track and field coach at Cardinal Ritter High School.
During his summer vacations, Caleb makes it a point to spend time backcountry hiking, trail running and working in the western states. Before heading west to Montana, he ran a 50-mile race at home in Indiana.
Through Landmark, he is looking forward to continuing exploration of the wonders of the West, and learning about a new part of the Great Plains.
Originally from San Diego, California, Jonah Gula is entering his senior year at Unity College, an environmental college in rural Maine. He enjoys anything wildlife-related and having the outdoors as his work-space. Photography, camping and hiking are his favorite activities.
Jonah is passionate about wildlife conservation and learning how animals interact with one another and their environment. For the past two years, he has worked on the Unity College Bear Study, trapping and tracking black bears in a recolonizing population in central Maine.
At APR, he looks forward to living and working on the prairie and enjoying its incredible wildlife.
Meghan Riehl grew up in the small town of Atkinson, New Hampshire, and recently graduated from Union College in Schenectady, New York with a degree in Geology. A passion for the outdoors and conservation has always been a theme in her life.
During college, Meghan studied abroad in Australia and New Zealand, and also conducted geologic field studies in the Bahamas and Alaska in the past year, which contributed greatly to her passion for the outdoors.
To get to American Prairie Reserve, Meghan took the train all the way from New Hampshire. She is excited about contributing to a conservation project in the Great American West.
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