Outdoor News You Need to Read This Week: December 5th

We care about the great outdoors, the wild places where we go for solace, adventure and meaning. Because we believe you care, too, we’re gathering some top news stories—whether silly or serious, political or personal—from across the outdoor media landscape to keep you up to date.

This is what we’ve been reading the week of December 5th through 9th.

1. Best Adventure Photos of 2016

Need some eye candy? National Geographic has gathered their most beautiful, inspiring photos of the year. Wakeskating, climbing, skiing, kayaking—the best of the best are all represented.

2. Want Cell Coverage in Paradise? Tell Mount Rainier What You Think

Two permits have been requested by wireless telecommunications companies to install antennas on the Jackson Visitor Center at Paradise in Mount Rainier National Park. Coverage currently in the park is spotty and the debate remains: Should we be connected while in our national parks? There is still time to weigh in via the online comments form.

3. How a Triathlon Helped America Ferrera Defy Her Inner Critic

Real training happens somewhere between the physical and the mental: “With every step, stroke and pedal, I turned ‘No, I can’t’ into ‘Yes, I can,’ ‘I’m limited’ into ‘Look what I’m capable of,’ and ‘I’m weak’ into ‘I am whole, healthy and strong.’”

4. Nature Might Hold the Secret to Healing Police–Community Relations

The city of Baltimore is bringing police and local kids together for team building in local parks. Uniting outdoors is a message we herald.

5. Chairlift Funny Disasters by Warren Miller

With resorts finally opening, it’s that time of year when the newbies come out to play. We’re going back in time with Warren Miller to laugh over vintage footage of skiers falling off chairlifts.