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Dear Tu Youyou, use your Nobel Prize to combat the single worst practice of traditional Chinese medicine

Dear Professor Tu Youyou,<p>My heartiest congratulations to you on being awarded this year’s Nobel Prize in medicine.<p>It is a rare achievement. To get there, you answered a call from your country’s leader in time of war. For years you tested countless herbs without success, but you didn’t stop till you …

Nepal proposes barring amateurs from climbing Mount Everest

The proposals, which also involve barring disabled and elderly climbers from the mountain, come after 18 people were killed in April at Everest's base camp in an avalanche that was triggered by the devastating Nepal earthquake.<p>The plans are likely to provoke accusations of discrimination against …

Himalaya Fall 2016: Ueli Steck Prepares to Return to Nepal

No major news to report today in terms of progress on Manaslu, Makalu, or Everest. The climbers there are currently taking advantage of a break in …

Appalachian Trail gear list: Winter - Because it's there

In addition to eliminating gear, it also helps to pick what you must carry carefully. There always seems to be something lighter for either the same …

Budget ultralight backpacking gear list - Because it's there

This is going to be a very minimalist ultralight backpacking gear list by most definitions but I honestly think a beginner can use this exact gear …

A guide to ultralight no-cook backpacking - Because it's there

There have been a lot of questions about my diet on my 40 mile/day fastpacking trips on the Appalachian Trail. I choose to not cook, saving me the …

Backpacking Archives - Because it's there

The myths of why hands swell while hiking<p>You’re five miles into a hike with a group of friends. You’ve never been hiking before and it sounded …

Explaining the backpacker's diet - Because it's there

I realized after my recent post on backpacking diet that I did a great job outlining some of my diet choices for my fastpacking trips and a poor job …

Ultralight backpacking: Appalachian Trail thru hike attempt gear list - Because it's there

This summer I attempted to break Matt Kirk‘s Appalachian Trail unsupported thru-hike record. Unfortunately I was unable to complete the hike due to a …