Mary Catherine O'Connor

Mary Catherine O'Connor

Mary Catherine O'Connor (@mcoc) is a freelance journalist who writes the Adventure Ethics column, about the intersection of adventure and environment, for Outside online. 

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How Young Is Too Young to Begin Avalanche Ed?

Teens are breaking trail in the backcountry well before they can drink, vote, or even drive. Avalanche educators are hustling to get to them early.

Mary Catherine O'Connor
Oct 27, 2017

Study: Your Fleece Jacket Is Awful for the Environment

The brand commissioned a study to find out how many synthetic microfibers—the tiny bits of plastic that marine scientists say could be jeopardizing our oceans—are shed from its jackets in the wash. The results aren't pretty.

Mary Catherine O'Connor
Jun 20, 2016

Fleeced

Washing a single polyester jacket can send 1,900 tiny synthetic micro-fibers into waterways, where they can soak up toxins and get eaten by fish. So what is the outdoor industry doing about it?

Mary Catherine O'Connor
Jul 30, 2015