Christopher Solomon

Christopher Solomon

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


Op-Ed: Alaska’s Pebble Mine Somehow Just Got Worse

There’s no place in the world like McNeil River, Alaska. In summer you can sit beside the falls of the river and watch as 40, 50, even 70 bears mate, fight, and fish for their salmon dinner. Together...

Christopher Solomon
Jun 11, 2018

Climbing to a Better Life for Seattle's Refugees

Refugees and top-ropes might seem a curious mix. The two-month pilot program that brings 11 kids to the climbing gym every Wednesday is based on a simple hope: teaching kids how to conquer a steep...

Christopher Solomon
Apr 27, 2018

The World’s Wilderness: Going, Going and Soon Gone?

If you’ve ever topped out on a peak in Alaska’s Brooks Range, or floated through Idaho’s Frank Church/River of No Return Wilderness, you’ve perhaps had the sensation that the surrounding wild country...

Christopher Solomon
Apr 4, 2018

The Boy Who Lived on Edges

At 31, Adam Roberts was one of the most aggressive freeskiers in the Northwest. A ski model and an aspiring professional who’d attracted the interest of gear companies, Adam seemed to be everywhere...

Christopher Solomon
Mar 22, 2018

Do Drillers Want What Uncle Sam Is Selling?

In the first half of this year, the Trump Administration will open up more acres for potential oil and gas leasing across the West than it offered there in all of 2017.

Christopher Solomon
Mar 13, 2018

The New (Bipartisan!) Conservation Corps Is a Win-Win

Imagine 100,000 young people employed nationwide to fix trails and backcountry bridges and repair urban parks. That could be the result of a bill that just passed a major hurdle in the U.S. House of...

Christopher Solomon
Jan 26, 2018

So the Government Shuts Down. Now What?

A semi-detailed list of everything we know (and we still have plenty of questions) about possible public land closures starting tomorrow if the lights go out for the feds

Christopher Solomon
Jan 19, 2018

The Fight for Public Land in Montana's Crazy Mountains

In the last 18 months, long-simmering disputes have boiled over amid claims of trespassing, political meddling, government bullying, and retaliation. Some worry that what’s happening there may...

Christopher Solomon
Dec 6, 2017

The ANWR Drilling Rights in the Tax-Reform Bill

Congress took a step closer to opening a portion of Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas drilling yesterday, when a Senate committee approved the legislation.

Christopher Solomon
Nov 16, 2017

Trump Says Shrink Bears Ears. Now What?

On Friday, the President told Senator Orrin Hatch that he planned to downsize two Utah national monuments. Here's why nothing's likely to happen soon.

Christopher Solomon
Oct 27, 2017

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...

Christopher Solomon
Aug 24, 2017