Favorite Outdoor News Stories from 2015
One of the best parts of January is looking back at what the previous year had to offer. Boy, was 2015 chock-full of exciting outdoor announcements, developments, and entertainment!
Here are some of our favorite stories from 2015.
We are big fans of Jennifer Pharr Davis. Not only does she hold the record for being the fastest Southbound Appalachian Trail thru-hiker, but she’s also the author of our book Five-Star Trails: Asheville.
Her message to Scott Jurek in this post was heartfelt, gracious, and contained a message that should resonate with us all: Your accomplishments should be about the journey, not about setting any records.
It’s one thing to lust over Volkswagen buses and Sprinter vans set against picturesque backdrops. It’s another to have a how-to guide to creating your own inexpensive adventure mobile.
We enjoyed this breakdown (plus the helpful comments section!) from Outside Magazine.
Easily one of the largest and most talked-about stories of last year, REI’s #OptOutside campaign resonated with outdoors enthusiasts and companies alike.
More than 1 million people decided to spend their Black Friday outside, including our friends at the American Hiking Society. We hope that this becomes a growing trend.
Check out these numbers: 1.1 million acres and 13 river miles protected, $1.6 million dollars contributed, and 11 large conservation victories. Wow!
The year in review is an exciting recap that shows just how much we have to celebrate. As a member of the Conservation Alliance, we are always supporting their projects to protect various lands and waters throughout the country.
Another story that was buzzing in everyone’s ears last year was the release of Wild, based on Strayed’s book, and how it has impacted the Pacific Crest Trail. Between the mvoie’s rave reviews and award nominations, the PCT suddenly entered everyone’s vocabulary.
We have to admit—we have a soft spot in our hearts for Wild because Strayed used our Pacific Crest Trail guidebook on her thru-hike. It’s wonderful to see an increase in both thru-hiking and trail conservation interest.