The Great American Antler Boom

Abe Streep deftly takes us on a journey into the somewhat bizarre world of shed hunters — whose lives revolve around elk and deer antlers.

Nearby, a coed group from Kansas was huddled around a pickup truck, where a twenty-seven-year-old Pfizer employee was holding court. He told his friends that he had run more than seven hundred miles in the past nine months to prepare for antler season.

Author: Abe Streep
Source: The New Yorker
Published: Mar 7, 2022
Length: 21 minutes (5,307 words)

What the Arlee Warriors Were Playing For

On February 23, the Arlee Warriors, a Class C high-school basketball team from the Flathead Indian Reservation, announced they were dedicating their tournament to “all the families that have fallen victim to the loss of a loved one due to the pressures of life.”

Author: Abe Streep
Published: Apr 4, 2018
Length: 36 minutes (9,200 words)

Patagonia’s Big Business of #Resist

A controlled rate of growth, responsible production methods and financial support of environmental causes ─ the Patagonia company has always run according to a strong philosophy, not just low-impact, but activist. It turns out that has been very good for business. Now it’s using its money and clout to fight the Trump administration, and urging other outdoor industry players to follow suit.

Author: Abe Streep
Source: Outside
Published: Jul 24, 2017
Length: 21 minutes (5,491 words)

The Devil Is Loose

Between the drug trade, immigration, Border Patrol pursuits and poverty, paramedics in the border town of Laredo, Texas get little rest but lots of respect. Law requires medics treat anyone in need, so here among the cactus and mesquite, “Border Patrol agents get spit as a topping at a local takeout joint; paramedics get discounts.”

Author: Abe Streep
Published: Aug 2, 2016
Length: 20 minutes (5,060 words)

Dave Morton Is Quitting Everest. Maybe. (It’s Complicated.)

A veteran mountain guide reconsiders his life’s work on Mount Everest after years of witnessing the tragic loss of everyone from outfitters and Sherpas to would-be climbers.

Author: Abe Streep
Source: Outside
Published: Apr 4, 2016
Length: 21 minutes (5,461 words)

The Trials of Bidder 70

In December 2008, DeChristopher shot to fame as Bidder 70 when he entered a Bureau of Land Management (BLM) oil- and gas-lease auction in Utah, posed as a buyer, and laid claim to 22,500 acres of wilderness worth nearly $1.8 million. His comeuppance, handed down in early March, a month before Power Shift, was a federal conviction on two felony counts: making false statements and violating the Federal Onshore Oil and Gas Leasing Reform Act. Together they carry a maximum sentence of $750,000 in fines and up to ten years in prison—a prospect that explains why he’s been packing on the muscle. DeChristopher’s reward, however, has been a rapid rise to folk-hero status.

Author: Abe Streep
Source: Outside
Published: Nov 27, 2011
Length: 25 minutes (6,434 words)