Kyle Dickman

River Politics

Navigating the politics of river conservation can be tricky. Here's what's going on now.

Trout Creek Unplugged

Washington's Trout Creek flows again after Hemlock Dam gets jackhammered.

Spring Break: Float the Illinois

Scenario: Sun Spell in the Northwest Whitewater rafting in March? Yup, if it's on southwestern Oregon's Wild and Scenic Illinois River, a Class IV–V beauty that happens to be my favorite stretch of...

Winter Escape: Quebec City

Instead of splurging on Europe, try Quebec—you get all the nightlife, plus Canadian wilderness, at a fraction of the price. Base yourself in medieval-style Quebec City—just a 90-minute flight from...

Bespoke Boards

Thanks to an influx of new computerized design tools, there are suddenly more custom ski makers and cheaper custom skis—about $1,300 for a pair of planks crafted to your physique and habits. Now...

Suite Digs

How to construct a bombproof winter campsite to keep you warm and comfortable

Brad Ludden

Age: 28 Organization: First Descents While Ludden may be photographed with his shirt off more than Matthew McCon­aughey—Ludden was on Outside's cover in 2000, and a few years later Cosmo named him...

Clare Lockhart

Age: 36Organization: The Institute for State EffectivenessLockhart's inspiration came in 2002, when the guns had fallen silent--briefly---around Kabul and she was standing amid the rubble. "There was...

Tim DeChristopher

Age: 28 Organization: Peaceful Uprising DeChristopher is facing two federal felonies, ten years in prison, and $750,000 in fines. Last December, he bid on, and won, close to $1.8 million worth of...

Be a Hero: Get Sponsorship

Practice authenticity: Be honest about building your expedition around a cause. "If you want to be the first to pogo the length of the Nile, do that. But don't bolt on that you're doing it to solve...

Jacks of All Trades

Yes, there's a world-class ski resort in Steamboat Springs. But as the careers (and hobbies) of these five guys demonstrate, that's just one part of this relaxed Colorado town's allure.