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Freedom is a funny thing.

Some view freedom as the ability to exercise rights. Others view
freedom as the ability to do something without facing
disproportionate amounts of fear.

The Covid-19 pandemic and the civil rights protests that have
defined the nature of 2020 thus far will have profound impacts on
our communities and society.

The pandemic has caused us to ask ourselves to postpone some
plans, to give up the freedom to go wherever we want, whenever we
want. This includes the outdoor recreation activities we all
enjoy.

The civil rights protests have caused us to ask whether or not
everyone can enjoy the freedom to roam without fear of racism.
This also includes outdoor recreation.

And so, this week at Backpacking Light:

* Drew Smith went on a long hike on the Desert Trail and came
back to a pandemic in full swing. Read more in Out of the Mojave
and Into the Twilight Zone: Hiking the Desert Trail
( https://t.dripemail2.com/c/eyJhY2NvdW50X2lkIjoiNjI0MDU0MSIsImRlbGl2ZXJ5X2lkIjoib3Jmcjlpd21sZ3NvdTRmbDM3YnkiLCJ1cmwiOiJodHRwczovL2JhY2twYWNraW5nbGlnaHQuY29tL2Rlc2VydC10cmFpbC1qb3NodWEtdHJlZS1uYXRpb25hbC1wYXJrLW1vamF2ZS10d2lsaWdodC16b25lLXBhbmRlbWljP19fcz15eW04emRvZWdhOGUyeTN4NW05diJ9 )
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* I discuss racism in the context of the outdoor industry in On
Racial Justice and Protecting Intimacy Between Humanity and
Nature
( https://t.dripemail2.com/c/eyJhY2NvdW50X2lkIjoiNjI0MDU0MSIsImRlbGl2ZXJ5X2lkIjoib3Jmcjlpd21sZ3NvdTRmbDM3YnkiLCJ1cmwiOiJodHRwczovL2JhY2twYWNraW5nbGlnaHQuY29tL3JhY2lhbC1qdXN0aWNlLXByb3RlY3RpbmctaW50aW1hY3ktYmV0d2Vlbi1odW1hbml0eS1uYXR1cmUtam9yZGFuP19fcz15eW04emRvZWdhOGUyeTN4NW05diJ9 )
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Godspeed,

Ryan J

owner/founder

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