The Outside Blog


The Adventure Side of Search Stories

Mitch DoBrownerScreenshot from YouTube Video Mitch DoBrowner: Epic Storms

Google has released a series of videos showing how people use the company's tools for work and play. Yes, it's a promotional campaign, and yes, Google search is a business. But the videos are still worth a look and few moments of reflection. It's easy to take search tools for granted as they've become such an integral part of our everyday lives, but they've also given people an extraordinary new opportunity to find and research adventures. Mountain bikers, photographers, surfers, kayakers, and others have all shared stories with Outside writers and editors about prep work done with Google Earth or Google Images.

Here are two of Google's search stories that are worth a watch.

Mitch DoBrowner: Epic Storms
The photographer used Google images to research cloud formations. While DoBrowner initially gained attention as a landscape photographer, his images of storms have blown up recently. He talks about how and why he chases storms in this photo-eye interview. (More of his pictures at

The Tofino Riders: A 1,000-Year-Old Wave
A crew of surfers share how they use Google Earth to find new waves around Vancouver Island. In case you want to surf Tofino, here's a quick guide.

--Joe Spring   



to Outside
Save Over

Magazine Cover

iPad Outside+ App Access Now Included!






Previous Posts




Blog Roll

Current Issue Outside Magazine

Subscribe and get a great deal! Two free Buyer's Guides plus a free GoLite Sport Bottle. Monthly delivery of Outside—your ultimate resource for today's active lifestyle. All that and big savings!

Free Newsletters

Dispatch This week's featured articles, reviews, and videos. Sent twice weekly.
News From the Field The most important breaking news from around the Web. Sent daily.
Gear of the Day The latest products, reviews, and editors' picks. Coming soon.
Outside Partners Outside-approved deals and special offers from select partners. Sent occasionally.

Ask a Question

Our gear experts await your outdoor-gear-related questions. Go ahead, ask them anything.

* We might edit your question for length or clarity. If it's not about gear, we'll just ignore it.