"In addition to presenting a rather grotesque perversion of pretty much everything that alpinism is supposed to represent, an experimental theater for the sort of behavior that any self-respecting mountaineer finds repugnant, Everest Base Camp also happens to be, and I’m afraid there’s just no other way to put this, an absolute fricking blast."
Wicked interesting article. Gotta love the folks at Outside.
"Ansel Adams made a tremendous career out of photographing the massive and beautiful Yosemite National Park, which was signed into protection by President Lincoln in 1864. In the years since, the park’s many trees have grown strong and tall. To many Americans, that’s a good thing—not if you’re a budding Ansel Adams, though. Today wildlife officials are worried that the tall trees are obscuring Yosemite’s world-famous views. Their solution? Chopping them down…"
Jackson, Wyoming. Planning my visit in August! Any of you who’ve been there before and have any suggestions of things I can do, please let me know! So far, I’ve got a list of potential activities:
- Climbing with my cousin. - Hot air balloon ride. - Working at a local gardener’s. - Wildlife expeditions with the Teton Science Schools. - Hiking and camping. - Spiritual workshops and learning more about Reiki with my aunt. - See a rodeo for the first time. - Yellowstone. - This. (You read it right. You go on day hikes with them.) - National Museum of Wildlife Art - Attend local art/music events. (I found a great local paper for these!) - Snake River. - Ride on the Aerial Tram. - Never leave, ever. Seriously.
Any information or things I should know about the area are appreciated, too. I’ve never been, and am so stoked to have saved up enough to fund my trip there this summer, and to see my aunt and my wonderful cousins of course!
“You develop an instant global consciousness, a people orientation, an intense dissatisfaction with the state of the world, and a compulsion to do something about it. From out there on the moon, international politics look so petty. You want to grab a politician by the scruff of the neck and drag him a quarter of a million miles out and say, ‘Look at that, you son of a bitch.’”—Edgar Mitchell, Apollo 14 astronaut (via kateoplis)
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