Tracy Ross

Tracy Ross

Tracy Ross, a frequent contributor to Outside, is the author of The Source of All Things, an acclaimed 2011 memoir about sexual abuse and survival.


How to Build a "Psychological First Aid Kit"

The American Mountain Guides Association published tips on how outdoor professionals can use "psychological first aid" to stay mentally healthy during these challenging times. But the advice is useful for all of us during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Tracy Ross
Apr 17, 2020

Why Are Tibetans Still Burning Themselves Alive?

Over the past ten years, more than 160 Tibetans have committed self-immolation—the act of setting yourself on fire—to protest Chinese occupation of their country. Has this had any lasting effect? In an extraordinary journey to Dharamsala, India, the center of Tibetan culture in exile, a journalist and a scholar talk to family members about the meaning and costs of the ultimate political sacrifice.

Tracy Ross
Sep 24, 2019

We're Entering an Era of Mega-Fire

A new book by Heather Hansen explores the complicated world of wildland-urban interface firefighting as it unfolded in the Cold Springs Fire near Nederland, Colorado

Tracy Ross
Mar 29, 2018

What Kerouac's Wilderness Teaches Us About Parenting

When she was in college, Jack Kerouac’s book The Dharma Bums helped the author find her place in wilderness and in life. She hoped it would do the same for her 16-year-old son as they embarked on a mother-son California road trip retracing Kerouac’s adventures.

Tracy Ross
Nov 27, 2017

Life Advice from Columbia’s 93-Year-Old Chairwoman

Gert Boyle is going strong. After her husband’s death in 1970, she and her son Tim took over the company. In 1984, they launched the hugely successful One Tough Mother ad campaign, featuring the finger-wagging Ma Boyle. Three decades later, the German immigrant, who moved to Oregon during Hitler’s rise, is as opinionated as ever.

Tracy Ross
Apr 11, 2017

Why I Took My Teenager to the Women's March

If we want to create a new generation of activists who care about the environment and women's rights, then children need to be exposed to political controversy

Tracy Ross
Jan 25, 2017

Nepal Earthquake: How to Help

Rule number one: Find organizations that are genuinely making a difference. These 10 grassroots non-profits, focusing on long-term reconstruction, are a good place to start.

Tracy Ross
Apr 28, 2015