The Stash Blog

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Skintrack Mind: Thoughts During the Uphill Journey

Wilderness touches people in diverse ways. For me, wilderness connects, motivates, inspires, and calms my being. I feel an awe that comes with new experiences, or even the same experiences on a different day. Venturing into the wilderness forces me to be truly in the moment, which never fails to give me a new perspective and a certain awareness.

Get Your Copy of Trail Break, In Print

Our winter 2020 issue of Trail Break just published with stories about backcountry advocacy in the northeast, winter recreation, wildlife, the Backcountry Film Festival's history and more.

Trump Administration Takes New Approach to Gut the National Environmental Policy Act

Leaning on the executive branch’s Council for Environmental Quality (CEQ)—rather than going through Congress—the Trump administration has proposed sweeping new changes to weaken the nation’s bedrock environmental law for the benefit of polluters and corporations. We need your help to defend the National Environmental Policy Act.

Upcoming Community Meetings Will Discuss Teton Bighorn Sheep and Winter Recreation

For a long time, we’ve understood that motorized recreation disturbs wintering wildlife, and land managers often close winter ranges to motor vehicles to protect vulnerable species. However, new research is showing that non-motorized recreation, like backcountry skiing, can disturb wintering wildlife, too.

Two Classic Ski Descents in Alaska

"Peak Obsession," a film by Bjarne Salen, is playing in the Backcountry Film Festival
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Ice Skating more than 100 Miles through the Arctic Circle 

Ambassador Luc Mehl’s epic traverses of Alaskan wilderness give us a glimpse of the vast, remote landscapes we’re fighting to protect.
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Winter in the Boundary Waters is Silence, Amplified

Just before Christmas, a Chilean company submitted its plan for sulfide-ore copper mining at the headwaters of the 1.1 million-acre Wilderness area in northeastern Minnesota. Take action now.
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We Asked the Forest Service to Protect the Tongass

In response to the U.S. Forest Service's proposal to exempt the Tongass from the Roadless Rule—a move that would lift protections and expose a vitally important landscape to logging and resource extraction—we support Alternative #1, No Action.

How an Alaskan Celebrates the Winter Solstice

To celebrate the Solstice, Sarah Histand takes time to be quiet and reflective. She also makes a point to do something active outside. "We try to do something special, whether it's skiing or a friend gathering. It's not very formalized, but it's something the mark the date," Histand says.
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