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History’s High Altitude Battles

History’s High Altitude Battles

High altitude doesn’t present difficulties to just mountaineers. For centuries, armies have fought on mountain passes across the world, adapting their tactics to the alpine environment. As Wikipedia ominously describes, soldiers fighting in mountains have to survive, “not only combat with the enemy but also the extreme weather and dangerous [...]

Pete Eshelman: Economic Development Systems of the 21st Century

Pete Eshelman: Economic Development Systems of the 21st Century

Pete Eshelman is the Director of Outdoor Branding for the Roanoke Regional Partnership, a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization trying to find ways to sustainably grow Roanoke’s economy. Their solution? A plan to embrace the outdoors with Pete at the helm of the wheel. I sat down with him in his [...]

Done Well By Water: Q& A with Living Water International

Done Well By Water: Q& A with Living Water International

Chances are, you strolled into your kitchen today and gulped down a glass of clean water. You had no problems accessing this water, nobody attacked you on the way to your kitchen, and you likely used clean water to bathe yourself at some point during the day. For most industrialized [...]

6 Currencies That No Longer Exist

6 Currencies That No Longer Exist

To some people money is the single most important thing on this planet. Human beings are motivated by it and work long hours to obtain more of it. Regardless of your philosophical views on the importance of money in our lives,

The 6 Newest Countries in the World

The 6 Newest Countries in the World

This planet is a fascinating and ever changing place. Over time it’s developed into the complex and amazing place it is today. As ethnic groups developed over time and eventually became countries, borders developed separating governments and people from one another.

Wreck Diving the Great Lakes

Wreck Diving the Great Lakes

Wreck diving! It’s one of the biggest watery thrills you can have if you love the water. It can also kill you. But mostly, the thrills thing.

Quagga Mussel: Scourge of the Great Lakes

Quagga Mussel: Scourge of the Great Lakes

Back in the 1990s, Bill Clinton was president, alternative music was all the rage, and the Zebra was the mussel du jour of the Great Lakes. In the mussel community, it’s quite gauche to tear apart the native ecosystem one small link at a time over the span of several [...]

Naturalists Notch Win for Suffield National Wildlife Area

Naturalists Notch Win for Suffield National Wildlife Area

The Suffield National Wildlife Area is located in the southeast portion of the province of Alberta, Canada. Created in 2003, Suffield NWA (SNWA) was created with the purpose of preserving the land and providing a

Pan-Okhotsk: A Story of Climate Change

Pan-Okhotsk: A Story of Climate Change

The Pan-Okhotsk region begins with the Sea of Okhotsk nestled between Russia and Japan. The area encompasses more than the sea itself, however, stretching east-to-west from Alaska all the way to Russia, and

Heroes

Heroes

We all have heroes in our lives. Heroes don’t seek recognition and they don’t expect rewards.  They don’t always save people from burning buildings, or buy shoes for the homeless, but over time, they shape who we are and inspire us to become better people.  We find that many times, [...]