Outdoor World

‘Bad things happen in the woods’: the anxiety of hiking while black

Three African American hikers describe the fears and stereotypes they have faced and why they love hitting the trails Aaron Jones, 32, Chicago A few years ago, a white friend suggested we go on a hike. All the anxieties I had about being in nature hit me in the face. It’s a very real anxiety for black people, especially those from urban communities, that bad things happen to black people in the woods, like lynching. It’s something that you ensure again and again when you look at the history of…

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In America and beyond, the spirit behind public lands is at risk | Hansjrg Wyss

Earths wild places cannot be saved by the hands of a few. Policy-makers must become evangelists for public lands There is no better place from which to take measure of our wild planet and to draw hope from humanity than the summit of a mountain. It was the view from Pikes Peak, after all, that I was awed by Longs Peak and Colorado’s rugged backcountry. I was also left with an indelible appreciation of appreciation that those places were not only safeguarded, but open and free for everyone to experience…

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