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December 11, 2020


My four year old mispronounces curse words which is cute and not at all horrifying when she yells “bammit!!” and “cheese crisis!!!”
--That Mom Tho, @mom_tho

weekly survival tip

We all have our morning routines. Showers, coffee, reading the news, getting lunches packed. Perhaps you meditate or exercise, too. Could reciting this quote be the one piece of your wake-up puzzle that’s still missing?

trail talk

You know how Time Magazine names a Person of the Year every year? People like Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr., and this year, essential workers (BLESS THEM). Well for the first time ever, the magazine has also named a 2020 Kid of the Year. The winner? Gitanjali Rao, a 15-year-old scientist and inventor. Selected from among 5,000 nominees, Rao uses technology to solve problems like contaminated drinking water, opioid addiction and cyberbullying. Among her inventions is a lead-testing device for drinking water she was inspired to create because of the water crisis in Flint, Michigan. Rao, who hails from Colorado, is on a mission to inspire young people all over the world to solve global challenges. Actor and activist Angelina Jolie interviewed her for the magazine. In addition to Rao, Time also named four runners-up including, a painter, a designer and advocate for children with disabilities, a crayon activist (that’s a real thing now!), and a gardener whose goal is to feed the hungry.

Although she may not have been named a Kid of the Year, 7-year-old Hayley Orlinsky sure is a phenom. The Chicago native has spent the duration of the coronavirus pandemic making colorful rubber-band bracelets that she sells to raise money to provide personal protective equipment for medical workers. So far she’s raised $20,000 that she’s donated to the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital in her hometown for this purpose. By comparison, a hospital staffer noted that most kid fundraisers generate about $500-$1000. The hospital has used the money to purchase masks, goggles, face shields, gloves and other items for medical workers and visitors. While Hayley may not be able to fully understand how much $20,000 actually is, she does know one crucial fact: “It’s more than the tooth fairy gives,” she said. (OMG. DYING.)

As if those kids weren’t enough inspiration for your day, you might also want to check out these female and BIPOC climbers (climbers who are Black, Indigenous or people of color) who are trying to change the names of racist and misogynistic climbing routes. Yup, that’s a thing. Read more about it here, as we’d rather not give airtime to some of the names currently used… Suffice it to say, they’re not pretty. Changing the names isn’t always a simple task. It requires getting the namer’s buy-in (the climber who first ascended the route) and then convincing guidebook authors to use the revised name, too. But the activists working on this are undeterred and just this summer The American Alpine Club, the Appalachian Mountain Club, the Colorado Mountain Club, Mazamas and the Mountaineers put out a join statement “committing to creating a more respectful and inclusive community with an eye on abolishing offensive route names.” It’s a start and we like it.

trail matters

More from the youth! We know youngsters are going to change the world and here they go… A climate lawsuit brought by six children and young adults from Portugal – aged 8-21 – recently got some very good news from the European Court of Human Rights. Last Monday the court gave the greenlight to their suit against 33 European nations, which alleges that government inaction on climate change poses a grave threat to their futures. The countries named in the lawsuit include Germany, France, the U.K. and Greece. Those nations now need to formally respond to the complaint unless the parties can reach a “friendly settlement” before the end of February. Most cases before the Strasbourg, France-based court don’t get this far. That means the potential for a groundbreaking legal decision on climate change is likely closer than it’s ever been.

trail treasures

In last week’s Snack Break we brought you our holiday gift guide. In case you missed it, or need a reminder of all our great ideas (wool, wool and more wool, and, OK, some other stuff too…!) here is the link. Happy gifting!

yard sale

TOTAL on-mountain meltdown. How’s your week been?


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