Favorite links: spring 2018

It’s been a long time since I did one of these posts, which means this is a long list. So grab your beverage of choice and settle in for some good reads.


Yes, you should filter your water in the backcountry. This article breaks down the problems with the argument against filtering – because yes, some people actually argue that.

Map and compass navigation basics. I admit I need to brush up on this.

The best thru-hikes you’ve never heard of.

Women writing about the wild

The lost legend of the Girl Rangers

Giving mountains back their indigenous names

The arid/humid climate boundary in the U.S. is creeping eastward. And, related: what if our forests don’t come back?

Running & fitness

If you’ve heard that caffeine makes you faster, but it actually seems to make you slower….you might be a slow caffeine metabolizer. This also seems to have effects beyond running.

Get faster all the time by running fast sometimes: how to incorporate speed endurance training, which you’re probably more familiar with under the guise of strides and hill sprints.

Do Epsom salts really speed recovery? (Sorry, no.)

Should runners take collagen? (Also no, for most people.)

Squats don’t work your glutes (because you’re squatting wrong)


The more we know, the more mystery there is.

Zero risk is an impossible dream. (Also see the rest of this series on risk.)

Are we all contaminated with chemical toxins? (No, and “detoxes” meant to flush them out…don’t. At best.)

Mail order tests can’t diagnose your food allergies.

California needs to stop saying everything causes cancer.

You really don’t want to “boost” your immune system. (A constantly boosted immune system is a chronic illness.)

Probiotics might help your allergies…but we’re not sure how that works. The rest of this series on allergies is good, too.

Ugh, the essential oil craze has infiltrated ambulances now. (I’m highly sensitive to smells and allergic to some of the most common essential oils, so….this terrifies me a bit.)

How the “mono” virus increases risk of 7 chronic diseases and a bacterium common in milk and beef increases risk for rheumatoid arthritis.

Brain food

Advice on grief and loss.

10 things you don’t know about yourself.

The psychological quirks that make us all bad at fact checking.

An aid industry labouring under neocolonial structures is no help.

Why doing good makes it easier to be bad.

Why hiring the ‘best’ people produces the least creative results.

“It is time to start treating patriotism…as a question, not an answer.”

An illustrated guide to rhetological fallacies.

A flowchart on where to put the apostrophe (or not).


What’s the best thing you’ve read recently? On or off the internet.


9 Comment

  1. Wow! So many interesting links there!

    1. Hannah says: Reply


  2. Kim G says: Reply

    So many great links here – thanks for sharing! I’m going to spend some time this afternoon reading through them – knowledge is power!

    1. Hannah says: Reply

      Hope you enjoy!

  3. interesting about the caffeine I had not heard that before. Yes so many people squat and lunge incorrectly and see now benefit.
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  4. Cora says: Reply

    Oh man… I’m set. So many things I want to read.
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  5. Say what?! If you’re calling an ambulance I feel like you’ve got something wrong with you that CANNOT be fixed with essential oils. You don’t go “oh I have a headache/tummy ache etc I’m going to call an ambulance” you’re like “help! I’m dying” 🤦🏼‍♀️🤦🏼‍♀️🤦🏼‍♀️🤦🏼‍♀️🤦🏼‍♀️
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    1. Hannah says: Reply

      Right? No way is that a viable alternative to narcotics.

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