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Bethany Garretson is an Environmental Studies instructor at Paul Smith’s College in upstate New York. She’s a passionate mountain climber and writer, and her research examines the intricate relationship between nature and culture.

The Climb is a space to celebrate playing outside. It’s a platform to explore the amazing things people can do with their human energy. It’s a place to promote the inspiring and progressive movements in the environmental and recreational field. It’s a place to discuss the history and social norms that have promoted some and denied others access to wild spaces. It’s a place to celebrate the healing power of nature. And lastly, it’s a place to honor our true human instincts. To climb, run, and play.