Nature

Postcard from Pooville: The Boulder Floods

How do you create a crapocalypse? Here’s how: Between September 10th and 15th, heavy rains engulfed Boulder, Colorado, where I live, dumping 16.4 inches on the People’s...

Go Out With a Bang

I USED TO HAVE a recurring nightmare about climbing a fragile ladder straight up into the sky. The ladder wasn’t leaning against anything and the only way I could keep it balanced was to...

19: The True Story of the Yarnell Hill Fire

Yarnell, Arizona, a former gold-mining town of 650 people, sits on a precipice at the western edge of the Colorado Plateau. Rising above it are the 6,000-foot peaks of the Weaver Mountains, and...

Outward Boundless

THERE ARE A NUMBER of important goals you should try to accomplish in the outdoors between the ages of zero and 20. You can’t start too early, but I&rsquo...

Master the Art of Kite Flying

1. CHOOSE YOUR WEAPON: Different shapes fly best in different wind speeds. Diamonds are ideal in moderate winds, while big box kites are good...

The Great White Shark Returns to Cape Cod

DAVE LAMOUREUX WAS paddling his sea kayak out from the beach at Truro, a small town near the northern tip of Cape Cod, when he saw something bob to the surface...

Taking on SeaWorld: Let the Voyage Begin

“First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win,” Gandhi observed. He didn’t intend it as PR analysis, but it comes to mind as...

The Longest-Range Weather Forecast

We’ve come a long way with the science of weather prediction. A five-day forecast today is as accurate as a one-day forecast was in the 1970s. Heavy snowfall predicted 12...

Norfolk: A Sinking City

Norfolk, Virginia, sits in a precarious spot. Sea levels around the city of 243,000, home to the country’s largest naval base, are rising faster than elsewhere on the East Coast. Tide...

Wave Prophet: World Surfari's David Scard

OUTSIDE: One hundred percent—how do you do it?SCARD: I look at the synoptics on various public meteorological websites. Synoptics show surface-pressure gradients,...

Snowstradamus: Powder Afficionado Joel Gratz

Joel Gratz is making me nervous. It’s midmorning on a snowy Colorado day in March, and we’re riding the Sun Up triple chair in Vail’s Back Bowls. Gratz has scooched his butt to...

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