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Photographing Polar Bears in the Arctic

Outside via YouTube:

Photographer and filmmaker Abraham Joffe is drawn to empty places, the North Pole chief among them. On a trip to Greenland, Joffe saw icebergs the size of five city blocks. Even since then, he’s been shooting Arctic landscapes with fellow photographer Joshua Holko, who’s also the subject of this film. Together, the pair traveled to the world of ice to catch a rare glimpse inside the life of polar bears.

An aerial view of Portugal’s Coast

Outside via YouTube:

Filmmaker Arvids Baranovs of Eaglewood Films loaded up his family of four and headed to the Portugal coast in search of some fine weather and solitude. During the summer, these beaches and parks can be littered with people, but when they visited in the spring, Baranovs and family found themselves entirely alone.

122 groups call on Congress to oppose weakening national park protections

Miranda Green, The Hill:

In conjunction with national park week, 122 groups sent a letter to Congress Tuesday urging members to oppose any legislation that might weaken protections of national parks and monuments.

The letter — signed by various groups representing the LGBTQ community, women, disabled Americans, African-Americans and others — calls the shrinking of national monuments an attack on the Antiquities Act.

“Any attack on our public lands, monuments, oceans, and waters is an attack on our communities, our history, our contributions to this great nation, and our culture; and it robs the next generation of a chance to learn from these shared treasures,” reads the letter. “It has often been said that our nation’s public lands system is one of our best ideas; we must now come together to protect these special places.”

The letter comes months after President Trump signed off on shrinking the borders of two national monuments in Utah’s Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante that were designated under an Obama administration executive order. The current administration has said it is reconsidering the boundaries of other national and marine monuments.

US National Parks for free this Saturday

To celebrate the start of National Park Week, the National Park Service is dropping entrance fees on Saturday at the sites that typically charge.

The theme for this year’s National Park Week is “Park Stars.”


Google Street View releases seven more maps of Canadian national parks

Jackie Dunham,

In anticipation of Earth Day on Sunday, Google Street View added seven new parks to its catalogue of digitally mapped parks on Thursday to bring the total number to 167, or approximately 75 per cent of Parks Canada spaces. The latest additions include Nááts’ihch’oh National Park Reserve, Terra Nova National Park, the Lake Louise area in Banff National Park, Glacier National Park, Mount Revelstoke National Park, West Coast Trail in the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, and Nahanni National Park Reserve.

This is a list of Parks Canada destinations currently available via Google Street View.

Former Patagonia CEO asks us to stop talking about ‘sustainability’

Kris Tompkins and Tom Butler, Washington Post:

“Sustainability” may be a worthy goal, but the word has become cliché, now typically deployed in its adverbial form to modify various nature-exploiting activities like “logging” and “fishing” or the catch-all “development.”

So let’s quit talking about “sustainable” this or that and face the overarching question about the future: Can we create a durable civilization in which humans become good neighbors in the community of life? Where our society is embedded in a matrix of wild nature that allows all creatures — from microorganisms to blue whales — freedom to pursue happiness and raise their progeny in a secure habitat?

This is how much US National Park fees are increasing

  • Acadia National Park: $25 to $30
  • Arches National Park: $25 to $30
  • Bryce Canyon National Park: $30 to $35
  • Glacier National Park: $30 to $35
  • Grand Canyon National Park: $30 to $35
  • Grand Teton National Park: $30 to $35
  • Joshua Tree National Park: $25 to $30
  • Mount Rainier National Park: $25 to $30
  • Olympic National Park: $25 to $30
  • Rocky Mountain National Park: $30 to $35
  • Shenandoah National Park: $25 to $30
  • Yellowstone National Park: $30 to $35
  • Yosemite National Park: $30 to $35
  • Zion National Park: $30 to $35


National Park Fees Are Going Up Soon. See How Much Your Favorite Park Will Cost – Money

If you’re married to adventure, is there room for anyone else?

Melanie Hamlett, Washington Post:

The threat of death forces a rare kind of intimacy at lightning speed. Despite the intensity of those situations, I was never that scared. Rather this is what terrifies me: A man I know rather well and care about deeply, realizing how brutish and imperfect I am.

My boyfriend is embarrassingly romantic; he’s one of the smartest, kindest men I’ve met. But he’s never slept outside or climbed, nor lived in a truck for years on end like his half-wolf girlfriend has. So how we get along so well, or even found each other, baffles me.

Being a Patricia Pan — a grown woman who lives for adventure and sees commitment as imprisonment — I’ve always assumed I’d end up with a Peter Pan, or more likely no one at all. Patricia Pans don’t need no man! We’re too busy rafting down Class IV rivers and couch-surfing around South America to be bothered with such nonsense.

But in the past few years, I’ve finally been willing to date seriously, and I’ve noticed myself swiping left on the adrenaline junkies I used to go for. Especially if they’re proud “dirtbags,” meaning climber-types who drink wine out of recycled bean cans and repair our down jackets with duct tape.

Cute shoes are useless, and other lessons learned from travelling around the Americas for three months

Jada Yuan, the New York Times’ 52 Places correspondent, has spent the past three months on the road, visiting a new spot every week, as she has travelled through the Americas for the first leg of her yearlong trip around the world.

In this piece, Jada answers some questions from her readers. (paywall)

Who was the first person to reach the North Pole?

National Geographic:

Reaching the North Pole is no small feat. While many believe the first person to accomplish this daunting task was either Robert Peary or Frederick Cook, the title might actually belong to an African American explorer named Matthew Henson.

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