Christopher Solomon

Christopher Solomon

Christopher Solomon (@chrisasolomon) is an Outside contributing editor.

Honey, I Shrunk the Monuments

In a final report Thursday to President Donald Trump about the fate of 27 national monuments, Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke didn’t recommend any of the monuments be eliminated—but he advised...

The Country's Most Beautiful Mountaineering Route

The Ptarmigan Traverse in Washington State’s North Cascades has had the word “classic” pinned to it nearly from the time it was pioneered in 1938. You don’t get much more high-n-wild in the Lower 48...

The Hayduke Option

Mountain bikes were made for this: 450 miles of empty, achingly scenic backcountry in southern Utah, on little-known trails pieced together in the spirit of Edward Abbey. Christopher Solomon saddles...

Environmentalists' Public-Lands Enemy Number One

Congressman Rob Bishop of Utah has quietly become the biggest cheerleader in D.C. of transferring federal land to the states. He also wants to gut the Endangered Species and Antiquities acts. All in...

Our National Monuments Depend on You

The Department of the Interior is soliciting public input on the 27 monuments Trump ordered to review. Now's your chance to speak up to protect them.

The Detective of Northern Oddities

When a creature mysteriously turns up dead in Alaska—be it a sea otter, polar bear, or humpback whale—veterinary pathologist Kathy Burek gets the call. Her necropsies reveal cause of death and causes...

How Consistent Is That Avalanche Advisory?

You want to be safe in the backcountry this coming winter. You'll wear your beacon and carefully read the avalanche bulletin. Did you ever wonder, though, about the accuracy of that information?

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