People & Organizations

Congratulations, Seth and Maine Coast Heritage Trust

For the past decade, Seth Levy has supported Trailspace and our outdoor community in a variety of evolving ways. This month Seth moves on to become the Donor Engagement Officer at Maine Coast Heritage Trust, and we'll miss him.

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"Make sure you love it." Melody Badgett on giving more than 1% for the Planet

"If you are not getting out in the outdoors, nature can pass you by. You’ll see it, but you will not really see it. You will know it, but you will not love it. Make sure you love it." Melody Badgett, managing director of 1% for the Planet, loves it.

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Spreading Outdoor Ethics and Lasting Impact: Dean Ronzoni of Leave No Trace

"Most people want to do the right thing. They just don’t always know what the right thing is," says Dean Ronzoni. That's where Leave No Trace comes in.

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Coordinating Trail Crews and Keeping it Wild: Meet PCTA Volunteer and Thru-Hiker Tammy Turner

Coordinating trail crews, favorite gear, the "Wild" phenomenon, and making this planet even better. We talk with Tammy Turner, Volunteer Coordinator for the Mount Hood Chapter of the PCTA.

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Building Trails on Water: American Rivers' Fay Augustyn

Trails don't have to be on land. Fay Augustyn helps communities access, connect to, and protect their rivers through the creation of Blue Trails at American Rivers.

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Committed to the Trail: Meet Andrew Downs of the ATC

"The trail blew me away and changed my life." Andrew Downs took his commitment to the Appalachian Trail further than his thru-hike. We talk with Downs about his work as Regional Director of the Central and Southwest Virginia Region for the ATC.

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Protecting Climbing Crags: Meet the Access Fund Conservation Team

In addition to the essential gear, climbers also require open, protected climbing areas. Mike Morin and Amanda Peterson help maintain those crags as the 2014 Access Fund-Jeep Conservation Team.

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Connecting Stewards with Trails: Meet Libby Wile, American Hiking's Volunteer Director

Libby Wile connects hundreds of volunteers annually with miles of trail projects across the country. In our Q&A, we talk with Wile about her work helping hikers and backpackers give back to the foot trails they love.

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Q&A with Dana Gerschel, Director of the American Alpine Club Library

From the main stacks to the rare book room, the American Alpine Club Library is a mountaineer's treasure trove of beta. Dana Gerschel oversees this alpine info as its Library Director.

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Q&A with Winter Wildlands Policy Director, Cailin O'Brien-Feeney

We talk with Cailin O'Brien-Feeney, Policy Director for the Winter Wildlands Alliance, about what it means to advocate for the winter backcountry and the human-powered snowsports enthusiast.

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Meet Staci Williams, Waccamaw River Blue Trail Coordinator at American Rivers

We talk with Staci Williams, Waccamaw River Blue Trail Coordinator for American Rivers, and learn what a Blue Trail is and why clean, healthy rivers are important not only for recreation, but for communities.

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Give a Gift Membership and Support Outdoor Nonprofits

It's Giving Tuesday. This year, how about protecting a favorite or threatened trail, climbing area, river, or wildland? A gift membership to an outdoor nonprofit has an impact that lasts far beyond the holiday season.

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Q&A with Seth Levy, Trailspace's Community Evangelist

We know him as Seth Levy, Trailspace Community Evangelist and Review Corps Coordinator. But, there's much more. Today we turn the Q&A on Seth.

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Protecting the Most Famous Trail: Q&A with Ron Tipton

We talk with Ron Tipton, executive director of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, and learn what it's like to protect and maintain "the world’s most famous long-distance hiking trail."

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Q&A with PCTA Trail Rep and Advocate, Anitra Kass

Anitra Kass, thru-hiking Triple Crowner turned trail volunteer, helps protect, preserve, and promote the southern 700 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail as Southern California Regional Representative for the PCTA.

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Q&A with Kerry McClay, SnowSchool Director for Winter Wildlands Alliance

Kerry McClay has a passion for outdoor experiences, and as director of Winter Wildlands Alliance's SnowSchool he gets kids outdoors and on snowshoes to learn about winter ecology and snow-science.

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Q&A with American Alpine Club's Whitney Orban

Meet Whitney Orban, climber, writer, advocate, and Content Manager for the American Alpine Club, and learn what it's like to work for the nation's oldest and most prominent climbing organization.

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Gear Reviews & Outdoor Stewardship: Why We're 1% for the Planet Members

Ever notice that 1% for the Planet logo at the bottom of every Trailspace page and wonder what it means? Learn why we're member of 1% FTP and what outdoor nonprofits we support.

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Leave No Trace Helps Kids Reach the P.E.A.K.

The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics teaches people of all ages how to enjoy the outdoors responsibly. In classrooms and online, its PEAK program reaches elementary students and teaches them how to minimize impacts.

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Move from Gym to Crag with the Access Fund

Want to make the transition from rock gym to crag? The Access Fund offers up advice for responsible outdoor climbing practices that help preserve climbing access.

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Winter Wildlands Alliance Gives Solitude a Voice

Winter Wildlands Alliance is a national nonprofit organization with a mission of promoting and preserving winter wildlands and a quality human-powered snowsports experience on public lands.

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Year of the River: Dam Removals in Pacific NW

American Rivers marks the one-year anniversary of the world’s largest dam removal project, creating miles of reopened habitat for spawning salmon and steelhead and new recreational opportunities and economic benefits.

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Conservation Alliance Supports Grassroots Work

Protecting the places we play is every outdoor recreationalist’s responsibility, including outdoor companies. Members of The Conservation Alliance support local, grassroots environmental organizations. See how you can get involved.

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What's Your Outdoor Moment? Show Clif, Support Nonprofits

Share the moment that captures your outdoor passion in Clif Bar's Meet the Moment campaign. Clif will donate $5 to an outdoor nonprofit, plus, we're giving away a Clif camera prize pack.

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How to Hang Your Bear Bag: Tips from Leave No Trace

Know how to hang a bear bag properly in the backcountry and keep bears (and your food) safe? Leave No Trace gives a refresher on this essential skill.

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Patagonia Footwear advocates for local nonprofits

Ever seen employees of a retail store creating music videos about a product in their free time, just because the brand or program inspires them? You might during Patagonia Footwear's Advocate Weeks.

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Leave No Trace Trainers Leave Behind Awareness

Camp out more than 200 nights a year. Get outfitted with gear and apparel. Drive around the country. Educate and inspire thousands of fellow outdoor enthusiasts on responsible outdoor recreation. This is a real job?

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Q&A: iRunFar's Bryon Powell on Ultra Running Gear and Inspiration

In a second installment, we catch up with Bryon Powell of iRunFar to talk about his favorite ultra running gear, barefoot/minimal footwear, product testing and reviews, and what inspires him on the trail.

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Do or Die: 5 Unique Survival Tips from American Alpine Club

If your expedition goes sour, first aid training and compass skills might not be enough to pull you from a life-threatening morass. The American Alpine Club shares five of its favorite backcountry survival tips and tricks.

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Q&A: iRunFar's Bryon Powell on Ultra Running and "Relentless Forward Progress"

We catch up with Bryon Powell of iRunFar to talk about the growing popularity of trail and ultra running, best and worst ultra moments, picking a first race, coaching tips, and his book "Relentless Forward Progress."

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Kayaker Brad Ludden Empowers with First Descents

As a professional kayaker, Brad Ludden has completed more than 100 first descents on rivers around the world. But it's First Descents, the nonprofit he founded for young adult cancer fighters and survivors, that he considers his life's work.

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Appalachian Trail to Celebrate 75th Anniversary

The Appalachian Trail, the longest hiking-only footpath in the world, celebrates its 75th anniversary in August. Now measuring roughly 2,180 miles from Georgia to Maine, the original trail took more than 15 years to build.

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Justin Lichter Publishes "Trail-Tested" Hiking Tips

Justin "Trauma" Lichter has learned countless thru-hiking tips, techniques, and gear know-how in more than 35,000 miles traveled across North America, New Zealand, Iceland, Africa, and the Himalaya. He shares those insights in "Trail Tested."

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PCTA defends Pacific Crest Trail from threats

The Pacific Crest Trail Association protects, preserves, and promotes the Pacific Crest Trail. This means managing threats like clear cuts, windmill farms, and motorized use with a small staff spread over three states.

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Lessons from an outdoor entrepreneur

What does it take to be an entrepreneur? We reflect on passion, hard work, vision, lessons learned, and proud moments. And, of course, the members that make Trailspace a true outdoor gear community.

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From Backpacker and NatGeo to BLM, meet our Outdoor Gear Haiku Judges

Ever wished for the ear of an editor at a major outdoor publication or a higher-up outdoor recreation official? Now you have them. Meet the seven outdoor judges in Trailspace's Backcountry Gear Haiku contest.

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Extreme Outdoor Food Happiness

If you haven't seen it already, check out this video of Norwegian explorer Aleksander Gamme experiencing extreme outdoor food happiness.

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The stuff that lifts us up

We talk about outdoor gear a lot here at Trailspace. But there's one thing I carry on all of my outings that doesn't get discussed as much as tents, stoves, and packs. That's family. Loved ones.

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Skurka Shares How to Make a Living as an Adventurer

"Andrew Skurka's "Ultimate Hiker's Gear Guide," not only described a new guidebook, it got members thinking about how one makes a living as a professional adventurer. Skurka responded with a blog, "How I Make a Living as an Adventurer."

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Andrew Skurka's "Ultimate Hiker's Gear Guide"

Many would jump at the chance to hike alongside professional adventurer and super-long-distance hiker Andrew Skurka. Now Skurka shares his backcountry know-how in "The Ultimate Hiker’s Gear Guide: Tools & Tips to Hit the Trail."

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Lowe Alpine names Jeff Lowe Honorary President

Lowe Alpine has announced that Jeff Lowe, iconic alpinist and industry pioneer, will once again join the brand, this time in an non-executive role as Honorary Brand President.

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Arc'teryx makes all-weather capes for homeless

Arc’teryx is known for its high-end outdoor apparel, but staying warm and dry shouldn't be a luxury. The company turns its end-of-roll and discontinued Gore-Tex fabrics into outdoor necessities: all-weather capes for the homeless and disadvantaged.

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Go Ahead, Be a Quitter

Winners never quit, and quitters never win, right? That's something I've believed much of my life. Stick-to-itiveness can push you up mountains and down...

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Why do we hike?

The Pacific Crest Trail Association protects, preserves and promotes the Pacific Crest Trail. Recently, two researchers interviewed 56 hikers about their motivations for hiking the PCT. The results are very interesting.

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Backpacking Coast-to-Coast Across Scotland

The TGO Challenge is an annual non-competitive backpacking event, where participants hike across Scotland from the west coast to the east coast over the course of 15 days.

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Trailspace's New Moderators

Trailspace welcomes Gonzan, Rick-Pittsburgh, and Trouthunter as our newest volunteer moderators.

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Following Atticus: Man and Dog Tackle the Winter Whites

The new memoir "Following Atticus" chronicles the adventures of Tom Ryan and his miniature schnauzer, Atticus, and how hiking and climbing in New Hampshire's White Mountains changed their lives.

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Anti-Gear Hero

I like shiny new gear, but my friend Ed Talone has walked more than 4,000 miles with a 1970's Kelty external frame pack. His attitude about gear is a lesson to all of us that sometimes, it's all about the journey.

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Your New Community Evangelist

Long ago, I dedicated my life to experiencing as much of this planet as possible under my own power, and helping others to do the same. Now I'm excited to be joining the Trailspace team as your new Community Evangelist.

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Welcome, Seth

Trailspace is excited to welcome Seth Levy as our new Community Evangelist.

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