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How I Got Here: w/ J. Robert Harris
LAND OF GIANTS
The author treks
Norway's Jotunheimen
National Park in 2014.

Way Out There
MY FAMILYWAS NEWYORK CITYWORKING CLASS. FIVE OF US, MY
parents and two siblings, lived in a cramped two-bedroom apartment
on the top floor of a walk-up building in a city-owned public-housing
development. For young boys growing up in the 1950s and early '60's,
there was plenty to keep us occupied. We played basketball on the playground and stickball in the streets. We learned yo-yo tricks, roller skated, spun tops, flew kites, rode bicycles, shot marbles, and learned to play
in traffic without getting killed.
But the city also had teen gangs that fought turf wars with switchblade
knives, bicycle chains, and lethal homemade "zip" guns. Trouble was
easy to find, especially in the summer, and life in many neighborhoods
often got tense for kids my age. Hoping to avoid these perils, my parents enrolled me in the Boy Scouts. At first, I hated it. When I wore my

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uniform, I could count on being hassled; guys on the street would call
me a chump or a momma's boy. This didn't bother my folks. In fact, that
summer, they shipped me off to a scout camp in the Catskill Mountains.
I had never been in the mountains, and I didn't want to be away from my
neighborhood posse, stuck with the "chumps" for eight weeks.
When I got off the bus at Ten Mile River, I was stunned by the stark
contrast between the mountains and the city. Although I was only about
two hours from home, being "in the country" was almost like being in
a different solar system. But, as the summer progressed, I gradually
came to appreciate all the cool stuff I was learning. I could make a fire
in the pouring rain. I learned to read a topographic map, use a compass, paddle a canoe, tie dozens of different knots, pitch a tent, identify
animal tracks, find the North Star, and know which plants were edible.

Courtesy J. Robert Harris

From the streets of New York to the far reaches of Lapland, this member
of the Explorer's Club has found one constant: People who spend time in
nature become better people. by J. Robert Harris



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OUTDOOR RETAILER - SUMMER 2020
CONTENTS
THE PULSE
HEADLINES
RETAIL 101
MARKETING
GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE
CASE STUDY
IDEAS
FLOYD LANDIS
AMY HATCH
EMPLOYEE OF THE MON
RESEARCH
THE COVID-19 TIMELINE
HEROES IN CRISIS
ON BLACK JOY
BREAD+BUTTER
SUSTAINABILITY
HOT PICK
THE VIEW
HOW I GOT HERE
#SHOPLIFE
FROM THE ROAD
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Outdoor Retailer - Summer 2020 - THE PULSE
Outdoor Retailer - Summer 2020 - HEADLINES
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Outdoor Retailer - Summer 2020 - RETAIL 101
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Outdoor Retailer - Summer 2020 - MARKETING
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Outdoor Retailer - Summer 2020 - GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE
Outdoor Retailer - Summer 2020 - CASE STUDY
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Outdoor Retailer - Summer 2020 - IDEAS
Outdoor Retailer - Summer 2020 - FLOYD LANDIS
Outdoor Retailer - Summer 2020 - AMY HATCH
Outdoor Retailer - Summer 2020 - EMPLOYEE OF THE MON
Outdoor Retailer - Summer 2020 - RESEARCH
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Outdoor Retailer - Summer 2020 - THE COVID-19 TIMELINE
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Outdoor Retailer - Summer 2020 - HEROES IN CRISIS
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Outdoor Retailer - Summer 2020 - ON BLACK JOY
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Outdoor Retailer - Summer 2020 - BREAD+BUTTER
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Outdoor Retailer - Summer 2020 - SUSTAINABILITY
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Outdoor Retailer - Summer 2020 - HOT PICK
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Outdoor Retailer - Summer 2020 - THE VIEW
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Outdoor Retailer - Summer 2020 - HOW I GOT HERE
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Outdoor Retailer - Summer 2020 - #SHOPLIFE
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Outdoor Retailer - Summer 2020 - FROM THE ROAD
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