Dan DeWitt

Author Articles

Skurka Says – A Southerner’s Guide to Gearing Up for Winter

I’m not totally sure I’d be around to write this now if, before setting out on a backpacking trip last January, I hadn’t recently...

The Backpack Tax Debate

If hunters and anglers pay for licenses, should other outdoor enthusiasts pony up, too? It’s a Saturday in summer and, as usual, Pisgah National Forest...

Are you drinking coal ash?

LouAnn Watkins just wants drinking water without cancer-causing toxins. A 2016 test of her home’s well water found levels of a potent carcinogen, hexavalent...

Are Speed Records Wrecking the A.T.?

How fast is too fast? It’s a common question on the Appalachian Trail. That was especially true when I hiked a section in mid-July, because...

This Is a Death Sentence for Red Wolves.

The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service guts protections for the last red wolves in the wild. Ron Sutherland drove for hours through the Alligator River...

Quick Hits: BIG REC

Outdoor recreation generates more jobs and revenue than oil, coal, fracking, and natural gas. But the outdoor industry is just beginning to flex its...