Sundog’s Almanac of Ethical Answers

Like life, the outdoors is full of ethical quandaries. When does a stuck cam become booty? Who has the right of way on a trail? Can I poop over there? In search of answers to our most pressing questions, we turned to Sundog, a quasi-reformed desert rat, equal parts Ed Abbey, Erin Brockovich, and Richard Pryor. Got a question of your own? Shoot him an electronic mail at

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Our guru weighs in on the ethics of defacing a man-made blight

There’s a right and a wrong way to live in the desert, says Outside’s ethics guru

Our ethics columnist weighs in on balancing conservation and enjoyment

Our ethics columnist on the right and wrong way to share the trail this summer

Dispersed camping is getting less dispersed. Our ethics columnist weighs in on whether you need to share.

Outside’s ethics guru on what counts as nature

Outside’s ethics guru on who public lands are for

Outside’s ethics guru on whether we should prioritize uphill or downhill traffic in the backcountry