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July 17, 2020

Summarizing a mountain’s worth of stories, current events,
creative ideas and stuff that makes us lol


 “Sometimes, you just always need your mom.”
--Hadley, 4 years old


weekly survival tip

Armchair travel with a twist. Here are a few recommendations for books about epic travel disasters that may make staying at home right now feel just fine…

trail talk

Simone Biles is on the cover of the August edition of Vogue , because, um, duh. But, in all seriousness, the story about her inside is well worth a read. The piece covers what has been a pivotal, and often, painful recent time for the gymnast, considered by most experts and observers to be the greatest ever. It explores Biles’s unprecedented dominance in her sport; her efforts to manage the trauma of sexual abuse by the now jailed former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar; her steely resolve to hold USAG, the US Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC) and others accountable for allowing the abuse to occur on their watch; her training for the now postponed Tokyo Olympic games and more. Biles, as it unsurprisingly turns out, is much, much more than a transcendent athlete. And it seems pretty clear that we’ll be watching her – on and off the mat – for a long time to come.

And if Simone has gotten you in a gymnastics frame of mind, check out this new 30 for 30 ESPN podcast about Bela and Martha Karolyi, called “Heavy Medals.” It’s not for the feint of heart, mind you. It’s more exposé than profile, as it digs deeply into the abusive culture the coaching duo fostered within USAG, one that may have played a role in enabling Nassar’s crimes in the first place. There’s also the powerful documentary “Athlete A,” which delves into the Nassar case further. That’s not an easy one either, but it’s ultimately an incredible salute to the courageous and empowered young women who stood up, took on, and are now taking down a system that prioritized winning and earnings over children’s lives.

trail magic

Earlier this week, presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden announced his $2 trillion plan to confront climate change , highlighting the way it will create hundreds of thousands of jobs for Americans. His proposal prioritizes clean energy, the rebuilding of infrastructure and setting the US on a path to net-zero emissions by 2050. To achieve these ends, the plan aims for a carbon pollution-free power sector by 2035, focuses on increasing public transport in cities and includes upgrades to millions of buildings and homes to better withstand harsh weather and improve energy efficiency. The plan also includes the creation of an Environmental and Climate Justice Division within the Department of Justice. Many of the recommendations in the plan come from a task force composed of supporters of Biden and his one-time rival Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.). That group is co-chaired by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and John Kerry, the 2004 Democratic presidential nominee and former Secretary of State.

trail treasures

Last week we told you that hiking with babies was no big deal as long as you have a good child carrier to haul them in. Well, we thought it might be a good idea, then, to actually give you some intel on said carriers as well. Check out this REI blog for a run-down on 2020’s best baby carrier backpacks. And, for inspiration, check out this story of a family thru-hiking the 211-mile John Muir Trail with their 15-month-old toddler in tow. Um…something to work up to…?!?

yard sale

Let’s hope all our week’s end better than Trevor Noah’s started …


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