Nick Heil (@nickheil) is a contributing editor at Outside and the author of Dark Summit: The True Story of Everest's Most Controversial Season. He lives in Santa Fe with his dog, Minnie.
The U.S.-Mexico border has been a flashpoint for controversy and political debate for years. But a rollicking 2,000-mile drive with NPR reveals there's more to the region than meets the ear.
The two men credited with the first human-powered circumnavigations of the earth are sharing their story in two new books.
A new book about British mountaineer Frank Smythe claims George Mallory’s body was discovered decades before Conrad Anker came upon the lost climber in 1999.
Harvard biologist Daniel Lieberman's new book, The Story of the Human Body, digs deep into the real meaning of "paleo" and why we struggle to stay fit and healthy in the modern age.
Peter Metcalf, CEO of black diamond, on climbing, keeping your composure, and the nature of pain
Diana Nyad successfully completed her swim today, becoming the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida without a cage.
When Hurricane Sandy closed in on New york City, the Weather Channel dispatched (who else?) Jim Cantore, the world’s most fearless meteorologist. Nick Heil tagged along for a wet, wild adventure that...
This year’s bumper crop of paleo-inspired health, diet, and exercise books is proving that the prehistoric movement is here to stay
A rare look inside the nutrition lab at the Olympic Training Center reveals how America's best athletes eat to win.
Top athletes share their meal strategies
To fulfill a longtime dream and honor the memory of a fallen hero, a Turkish-American software engineer decides to circle the earth by bike and rowboat, powered solely by his own muscle, lungs, and...
Which is a serious problem when you’re the most famous stunt rider on the Internet. But as Nick Heil finds out, the oft-injured Scot is roaring out of rehab to dazzle the world once again.
The arrival of high-altitude helicopters on Mount Everest and other Nepalese peaks has transformed search-and-rescue and saved lives. But the choppers have also added to the chaos at the top of...
While many gun proponents remain adamant that firearms offer better protection against a charging bear than pepper spray, a growing body of scientific research suggests otherwise
With the 2012 climbing season underway, we look back at some of the most incredible moments to take place on the world's tallest mountain over the last 150 years.