The Spark Is There, Our Job Is To Ignite It

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Dan Szczesny sees kids who are in awe of nature from the very start, and does all he can to ignite that passion rather than dampen it.

Touching an Ice Age on the Road to Valdez

The Worthington Glacier from the road

Dan Szczesny continues his Alaskan search for discovery by hiking into a glacier.

We Climb, It’s What We Do

Dan and Janelle celebrate atop North Baldface Mountain.

An Excerpt from The Adventures of Buffalo and Tough Cookie: A Hiking Journey through New Hampshire’s 52 With a View Mountain List

The Next Life [Book Excerpt: 100 Tricks Every Boy Can Do: How My Brother Disappeared]

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My brother Bret started the next life at forty, when he departed from this world by suicide.

Love Letter Lost

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Years later, Thomas Fiffer can recall every aspect of the letter he wrote to her—how he felt, the way his “e’s” curled—everything except for the words.

Light Fare for the Soul

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A world traveler asks: Can experiential junk food—like a boat ride to a beach resort—ever be spiritually nutritious?

A Guy’s Wilderness Canoeing Adventure

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When young males are without older men as guides to the natural world, it’s easy for them to be completely disconnected from nature.

King’s Canyon Conversion

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The first thing I discovered in the King’s Canyon wilderness was that I am not as good a man as I thought myself to be.

“My friend and cousin died. Their Facebook pages go on; they are living tributes.”

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This is a comment by Joanna on the post “Facebook Ghosts”.

Solitude: The Trail

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The Appalachian Trail is the ultimate test: endurance, perseverance, and surrendering control. And outrun a bear.

Decline

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The gift of the physical is waning. Despite my attempts to stem the tide, my body will continue its slow fade.

How to Survive Being Trapped in a Canyon

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Follow these steps to avoid becoming the next weather-related death statistic.