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The Besiders

Conversations with nature-empowered people who think, create and live differently.

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Ana Paula Alvarez

On family, emotional landscapes, and the art of photography

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Yan Kaczynski

On the realness and raw beauty of nature.

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In Bloom

On its bucolic 107-acre farm in upstate New York, Sarah Ryhanen heralds the emergence of meaningful ways of living.

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Graeme Owsianski

Outdoor lifestyle photographer based in Ucluelet, British Columbia.

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Camrin Dengel

On self-sufficiency, heritage and returning to our roots.

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Tom Hegen

Looking at the Anthropocene from above.

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Jo Savage

Her photography focuses on uncovering the layers of untold stories within surf, skate, and mountain communities around the world.

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Pat Kane

Capturing the people and relationships at the heart of northern Canada.

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Inner Landscapes

Architect Pierre Thibault makes nature his laboratory, and beauty his philosophy.

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A Horse’s Worth

Mustangs are deeply woven into America’s historical fabric, but the ongoing debates over public land are putting them at risk. Mustangs to the Rescue strives to elevate the public’s view of wild horses to protect the iconic breed.

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Rich Waters

The Sockeye salmon fishery in Bristol Bay, Alaska is the largest in the world. It has supported generations of fishers, like Greg Fransen and his son Cody. But a proposed mine now threatens this natural treasure.

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Consuming less and doing more

Yvon Chouinard has been wearing the same flannel shirt for 20 years. The 75-year-old conservationist, outside-the-box thinker, athlete and craftsman is also an outspoken anti-consumerist and always pushing Patagonia, the company he founded, to find solutions to the global environmental crisis.

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The Miracle of the Tiny Home Vacation

Getaway provides unalloyed connection with nature, our travel companions, and ourselves.

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Ascent to the Top

With her all-women climbing festival and community of climbers, Shelma Jun is reaching territory—on and off the rocks—that has never been reached before.

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Alex Strohl

Alex Strohl is one of today’s most inspiring, talented, and authentic outdoor photographers.

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Hooked on Fishing

Fred Campbell reels in new followers by sharing his love for fishing with Hooké.

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Rolland, the Pioneer

Portrait of a tightly knit paper company at the forefront of environmental best practices.

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Riding the Moment

Chas Christiansen is a charismatic artist, entrepreneur, and bike racer with an instinctive style and outlook on the world—all this from his years working as a bike messenger in San Francisco. From street racing to jungle excursions, he’s become a true ambassador of fixed gear cycling as a simple yet empowering way of life. And to this day, he still embraces every moment with wits, authenticity, and pure adrenaline.

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The great animal choir

His recordings capture powerful expressions of change and what it portends in localized wild habitats. When change happens in a landscape that resident animals have evolved to understand from an auditory perspective, they may never be able to readapt.

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The future of food is in the sea

At his shellfish and seaweed ocean farm, and his non-profit, Greenwave, Bren Smith is creating a simple, replicable system of water-based farming that is regenerative, rehabilitates the oceans, creates jobs, and, likely, is the answer to growing food in the face of climate change.

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Tim and Hannah’s ark

“When I wasn’t snowboarding, I’d go back to the condo and feel confused. Being out in the mountains as often as we are, we have that connection to the environment. The way we were living wasn’t correlating with our values,” Eddy says.

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Monsieur Pageau

The instant you step outside, the smell of conifers, prickly as their needles, sweet as their sap, is, if you pay close attention, always with you. Your first encounter with this expansive northern territory is through your nose. The Abitibi-Témiscamingue region of Québec is half the size of Alabama and twice as big as Belgium.