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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And what about charging people to climb that mountain? Outside’s ethics guru weighs in.

“Since he’s never said anything explicitly romantic, wouldn’t it be presumptuous to tell him I’m not interested?”

Outside’s ethics guru weighs in on taxation without representation

More people outside has meant more rules for all of us—including what to do with our excrement

Outside’s ethics guru weighs in on the Great Outdoors Music Debate

Outside’s ethics guru ponders what exactly is up for grabs on public lands

Buying a house just so you can rent it out on Airbnb is lame. And predatory.

Outside’s ethics guru on how to be both a responsible pet owner and an environmental steward

Outside’s ethics guru weighs in on what to do if you trigger an avalanche in the backcountry

Outside’s ethics guru on why it’s not the nudity that’s offensive

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