Heather Hansman, High Country News

Heather Hansman

High Country News

Seattle, WA, United States

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Past articles by Heather:

How growing Western rec towns might hold onto their futures — High Country News – Know the West

Researchers look to give small tourism communities the tools for a GNARly approach. → Read More

The winnowing of winter (The Winnowing of Winter ) — High Country News – Know the West

As the climate crisis worsens, what will happen to snow? → Read More

A River Rat’s Guide to Skin Care

Between sun, water, sand, and wind, river trips are hard on the skin. Here are six packable essentials to protect you from the elements. → Read More

The Drought in the West Is Bad and It’s Gonna Get Worse

Paddling, for me, is a benchmark, a tangible way to understand what all those drought maps and numbers mean. And these days, the bottom-scraping springtime runs feel like a creepy indicator of how bad things will be downriver. → Read More

What Biden’s Done for the Climate in His First 100 Days

The 46th president made big promises to move the United States toward a carbon-free future and protect its environment. What he’s accomplished so far has been impressive, but can he keep up the momentum? → Read More

Why a Gen Zer Picking Up Trash in a Park Went Viral

Edgar McGregor started cleaning up Eaton Canyon near Los Angeles in May 2019, and didn’t stop until it was spotless nearly two years later. We talked to McGregor about how to stay motivated to take care of the earth. → Read More

How Not to Feel Paralyzed by Climate Disaster

Two new books, ‘Under the Sky We Make’ and ‘Overheated,’ lay out a plan to overcome our cynicism and anxiety and realize a sustainable, carbon-free future → Read More

Is This Winter’s Sketchy Snowpack the New Normal?

Volatile weather has created dangerous conditions for backcountry skiers and set up the West for a bad water year. With climate change exacerbating the situation, it’s time to start assuming the worst for our winters and making plans to adapt. → Read More

Don’t Blame the Texas Blackouts on Renewable Energy

Right-wing politicians and media are trying to scapegoat frozen wind turbines for the state’s power disaster. Their claims couldn’t be more inaccurate and irresponsible. → Read More

Can Billionaires Really Save Us from Climate Disaster?

As Jeff Bezos steps away from Amazon to focus his attention on initiatives like his year-old Earth Fund, it’s instructive to look at the impact of billionaire environmental philanthropy and how it could be more effective → Read More

A New Podcast Explores Sex in the Great Outdoors

Laura Borichevsky, podcaster and sex educator, takes a look at the way our sex lives and outdoor lives intersect → Read More

How Environmentalism Can Center Racial Justice in 2021

In its first weeks, the Biden administration has prioritized justice and equity in its plan to protect the environment and tackle the climate crisis. That's great, but now is not the time for the rest of us to get complacent. → Read More

How Biden Can Start Protecting the Environment

The end of the Trump administration can't come soon enough for our climate and public lands. Thankfully, there are a series of actions our new president can immediately take to begin undoing the damage. → Read More

The Ski Company That Wants to Sell Fewer Skis

Season Equipment is trying to break the cycle of new gear every year → Read More

Your Brain Is Tricking You into Buying the Wrong Gear

It turns out that buying the gear you think you need rather than the gear you actually need is pretty common—even more so when it comes to expensive hard goods with long life spans, like skis and bikes. → Read More

Skiing Is the Easy Part (Otherwise We'd Be Road Bikers)

Whatever psychosomatic alchemy might have come from aprèspuncture is kind of irrelevant, but that Marcus’s idea of a vision quest, and of trying to find some kind of goodness and connection through skiing is not. → Read More

How to Vote for the Environment This Year

If you are someone who cares about being outside, this year's election is crucial for the protection of recreational landscapes → Read More

Building Stoke for a Winter Unlike Any Other

In dark times like these, skiers are accustomed to envisioning the bright side, because by its very nature, skiing is a gamble on an unknown future. → Read More

6 Easy Ways to Be a Better Skier

Even if you're more powder hound than ski racer, a little expert help can go a long way in identifying bad habits and making small tweaks to your technique that will make you a safer, more solid skier → Read More

Our Climate-Change Future Is Here

This fire season is yet another sign that we can't wait any longer to fix our planet → Read More