Accused of murder: Dean Cummings, a celebrated skier and peer of Doug Coombs, has been charged with the murder of a man in New Mexico. [Outside Online]
Underdog victory: A rookie with no winter racing experience won the Iditarod Trail Invitational 350 race in Alaska. [Gear Junkie]
Planet-saving innovators: Meet Grist's annual selection of “Fixers,” 50 people who are “shaking up environmental policy, the food system, the clean-energy sector, art, commerce, and more.” [Grist]
Crowdfunding disaster: The stranger-than-fiction tale of the iBackpack starts with a promise of high-tech gear and ends with a federal investigation. [The Verge]
The pervasiveness of plastic: One writer chronicles his successes and failures trying to live plastic-free for a week. [Los Angeles Times]
Hilarious park reviews: After an underwhelmed Yelper gave the Grand Canyon a one-star review, a brilliant Instagram account popped up to sell prints of other negative national park testimonials.