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The 7 Hardest Marathons in the World

The 7 Hardest Marathons in the World

Running a marathon is tough as it is, but running a marathon featuring daunting hills or extreme weather conditions? Yikes. But just in case you’re up for the challenge (or you want to be in awe of the things humans are capable of), check out the 7 of the toughest [...]

Scientists Explore Redwood Cloning Techniques

Scientists Explore Redwood Cloning Techniques

“The giant redwoods were no match for man,” noted NBC Nightly News reporter Kristen Dahlgren earlier this month. Though some living specimens date back more than 2,000 years, fewer than 5 percent of the original redwoods are still standing after centuries of unsustainable logging practices. Today, some dedicated environmental scientists believe that cloning redwoods and [...]

Shy Tigers and Kung Fu Elephants: An Inside Look at Conservation Biology in Kaziranga National Park

Shy Tigers and Kung Fu Elephants: An Inside Look at Conservation Biology in Kaziranga National Park

Recently, OurAmazingPlanet published a fascinating interview with Firod Ahmez, a full-time tiger-tracker and conservation biologist for Aaranyak, a non-profit organization based in Assam, India. One of his typical work days involves a trip to Kaziranga National Park. This protected area is home to the world’s highest concentration of wild tigers, and other park [...]

The 2013 Iditarod Is Underway In Alaska

The 2013 Iditarod Is Underway In Alaska

The best sled dog teams in the world gathered in Alaska over the weekend to launch the 2013 Iditarod. The race held its ceremonial start in front of a large and enthusiastic crowd in downtown Anchorage on Saturday and had its official restart yesterday in Willow. Now, the racers and [...]

Ski Mountaineering Tips for Newbies

Ski Mountaineering Tips for Newbies

For the fit trail runner, Nordic skier or alpine charger, the idea of Ski Mountaineering, also known as SkiMo Racing, may get the gears turning. For many mountain folks in the United States it’s a relatively new pursuit that combines many strenuous passions: uphill skiing, route finding, downhill skiing and [...]

Polar Explorer Ranulph Fiennes Evacuated From Antarctica

Polar Explorer Ranulph Fiennes Evacuated From Antarctica

Explorer Ranulph Fiennes’ next big adventure is over before it even got started. You may recall that the 68-year old Brit was planning on making the first ever winter crossing of Antarctica on foot, which is widely viewed as the last great polar expedition that has yet to be completed. Unfortunately, earlier [...]

Sustainable Small Cabins

Sustainable Small Cabins

Believe it or not, sometimes dirtbag hikers, climbers, and bikers save up enough money or get paid decent wages so that they might afford a little piece of our planet. This is a good thing, not only because everybody deserves to have a little home of their own, but because [...]

Concord, Massachusetts Boots the Bottle

Concord, Massachusetts Boots the Bottle

  This year, Concord Massachusetts became the first U.S. city to completely boot the bottle. After three years of lobbying and educating officials and communities in Concord, Mass., The idea to curtail the harmful effects of disposable plastic water bottles finally became a reality.

Fauja Singh, the World’s Oldest Marathon Runner, Retires at 101

Fauja Singh, the World’s Oldest Marathon Runner, Retires at 101

Within the competitive running community, Fauja Singh is a global celebrity. For the last 13 years, he has participated in nine marathons, as well as several shorter races and numerous charity events. As a practicing Sikh, he has used running to advocate for world peace and promote wholesome dietary habits. [...]

Sequester 2013: How Spending Cuts Could Affect the Outdoors

Sequester 2013: How Spending Cuts Could Affect the Outdoors

It was only a short while ago when words like “Fiscal Cliff”, “Sequestration” and “Deficit-Reduction” were abstract concepts. Now, these words are unavoidable. After months of political banter, Washington’s final step in its “balance-the-budget” efforts is scheduled to take effect. While Congress and President Obama did ultimately come to a decision [...]