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Stacy Bare
Stacy Bare is a skier, climber, mountaineer, and sometimes surfer who served one tour of duty in Iraq as a Civil Affairs Team Leader after being recalled from the Individual Ready Reserve. He received his commission into the United States Army from the University of Mississippi and is currently Director of Sierra Club's Mission Outdoors program. Through direct programming, public education and advocacy, Mission Outdoors combats the growing divide between America and the outdoors by increasing opportunities for all to improve their overall well-being by exploring and enjoying the natural world.

Entries by Stacy Bare

Hold Fast, All Storms Pass--an interview with Alex Wildman

(0) Comments | Posted June 13, 2016 | 12:02 PM


Earlier this year I had the chance to meet Philadelphia climbing strong man and cancer fighter Alex Wildman. His enthusiasm and optimism about the world, and what the world can be are contagious and I wanted more of the world to hear his...

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Should I Sell My Bike?

(0) Comments | Posted May 2, 2016 | 12:27 AM


I think I am going to sell my bike.

I will buy another bike but it won't be like this one. I hope there's some big dude out there, 6'5" or 6'8" or so who is looking for a barely used bike to...

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Mission: Memorial Day, An Interview with Veteran Joshua Jespersen

(1) Comments | Posted April 19, 2016 | 3:49 PM

This past March I had the opportunity to spend four days in the Beartooth Mountains with a group of fellow veterans and supporters examining the changing eco-system grizzly bears are trying to adapt to.


One of the veterans I met was Josh Jespersen,...

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Insulting Utah, the Public Lands Debate

(3) Comments | Posted April 5, 2016 | 5:35 PM

On April 2nd, Utah legislators, Sen. David P. Hinkins and Rep. Keven J. Stratton -- co-chairs of the Commission for Stewardship of Public Lands -- Sen. Wayne Neiderhauser -- Senate President, and Rep. Greg Hughes -- Speaker of the House, wrote an ill informed, insulting, and demeaning OpEd in the...

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Joy & Sorrow On An Anniversary

(0) Comments | Posted January 24, 2016 | 3:29 PM

A few days ago was an anniversary that has taken me a long time to understand how to commemorate. Nine years ago a friend and compatriot, service member, dreamer, father, and husband was killed in Iraq. If you served, it is likely you knew someone, or several people, who were...

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Who Do Cities and Towns Exist for?

(0) Comments | Posted December 2, 2015 | 4:53 PM


Who do cities and towns exist for?

Is it the people who live there or those who come to visit?

Over the last few years this has been a central question in two very different locales for at least some of...

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Haunted by Hondros

(2) Comments | Posted November 18, 2015 | 4:07 PM

I'm feeling particularly haunted by Chris Hondros tonight. Chris was an incredible photojournalist and I got to know him a bit, enough to call him a friend I think, when I was in Iraq. He knew I didn't want to be in that war. He knew I thought that war...

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Women in Combat

(1) Comments | Posted November 5, 2015 | 2:50 PM

Now that we've had three women graduate from Ranger School and are leading up to Veterans Day, I wanted to dig deeper into the issue of women in combat and the United States Military. I was privileged to be able to speak with Marine and former AH-1W 'Super...

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Running Across America for the Fallen

(0) Comments | Posted November 3, 2015 | 5:54 PM


From time to time you get to meet someone who you're surprised you've never heard of before. This last year I've had the pleasure of getting to know a retired US Postal Worker, veteran and likely one of the most impressive athletes you've...

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Responding to Internet Comments: "If Not Gun Control How About This?"

(2) Comments | Posted October 5, 2015 | 10:14 AM

Thursday night, October 1st, I got home from a long day at work to the horrifying news that there was another mass shooting in Oregon. I wanted to personally dig deeper into what I thought some of the potential solutions for what could minimize future violence in this country without...

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If Not Gun Control, How About This?

(1023) Comments | Posted October 2, 2015 | 12:17 AM

A lot of gun owners will tell you that the solution to the number of mass shootings in this country is not any regulation of guns or gun ownership. The response has often been that if more people had guns there would be fewer casualties in a mass shooting because...

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What It's Like to Be a Woman in the Military

(0) Comments | Posted September 24, 2015 | 2:44 PM


A few days ago I had the opportunity to speak with Gayle Tzemach-Lemmon about her travels to Afghanistan and her latest book, Ashley's War, about the training and deployment of a group of women in the United States Army...

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Support Our Troops, Support Our Veterans

(4) Comments | Posted August 20, 2015 | 12:08 PM

I've been home from the Iraq War for eight plus years.

The last six years I've spent a great deal of my personal and professional life trying to help America put meaningful action behind all the signs and stickers that say "support our troops". Without community action focused on...

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I Was Honest, So I Am Not Insured

(1) Comments | Posted May 19, 2015 | 7:13 PM

At the age of 36 and looking at the balance sheets, it was clear I needed to do a few things to protect my long term financial future and that of my family. So, I called up my bank, a bank who only has as customers those who served and...

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A Late Review of The Evil Hours, A Biography of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder by David J. Morris

(2) Comments | Posted March 11, 2015 | 10:47 AM

David J. Morris' The Evil Hours: A Biography of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, is excellently written and a must read for anyone interested in understanding what many have referred to as the 'signature wound' of my generation of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans. Miller creates a plot line around PTSD, almost as...

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Why Follow Russia's Folly?

(0) Comments | Posted March 11, 2015 | 7:38 AM

In a February 19th Special to Roll Call, Colonel David Hunt, U.S. Army (Ret.) penned a column about "Obama's War on Arctic Energy". Personally, I would like to thank President Obama and Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell for their decision to keep drilling out of the Arctic.

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On Hunting and Sacred Space

(1) Comments | Posted February 18, 2015 | 9:39 AM

2015-02-17-IMG_20150214_175554_resized.jpg View from my tree stand

I went hog hunting last weekend. As a self-defined skier and climber, this is not my typical activity. Somewhere in adult hood, my brother and I, who grew up doing more or less the same kinds of...

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Anti-Clean Air Rally in Utah?

(17) Comments | Posted February 2, 2015 | 9:09 AM


On Saturday at the Utah State Capitol in Salt Lake City, citizens rallied for the second year to challenge the government to do more to clean up the infamously dirty air -- not just in Salt Lake City, but all of...

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Health Care and the Outdoor Industry: Get together already

(0) Comments | Posted January 29, 2015 | 2:58 PM

I spent the last two days in Palm Springs, California at the Clinton Health Matters Initiative (CHMI) as part of a group assembled by Spike TV and CHMI for Veterans Operation Wellness. Specifically, I was talking about the power of the outdoors to help heal -- not in some fluffy...

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Embracing Those Who Disagree -- Because They Embrace You

(0) Comments | Posted January 12, 2015 | 5:05 PM

2015 did not start off how any of us would have liked. No one or at least I hope no one that would read this blog would want to see anyone killed for speaking their mind, no matter what it was that was being said, even if they disagreed.


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