Outside Classics

A Short Walk in the Wakhan Corridor

Cross into this forgotten valley and you'll trade the insanity of modern Afghanistan for a far wilder frontier: a last-ditch, back-of-beyond outpost of breathtaking beauty, ancient strongholds, and...

Raising the Dead

At the bottom of the biggest underwater cave in the world, diving deeper than almost anyone had ever gone, Dave Shaw found the body of a young man who had disappeared ten years earlier. What happened...

"127 Hours," as Told by the Man Himself

Deep inside a remote canyon, a boulder shifts. In an instant, a climber's hand is pinned beneath half a ton of rock. So begins an ordinary hero's six-day ordeal of grit, pain, and...

The Mountain of Mountains

How do you crack the code to K2, the darkest, deadliest peak on the planet? If you're a climber, have the courage to accept that you're bound to fail, and the wisdom to know that failure has its own...

Drug Test

Everybody knows that many athletes cheat by using performance-enhancing drugs like steroids, testosterone, and EPO. But what is it like to take these banned substances? Do they really help you win?...

The Solitary Way

Sure, it's lonely out there. (And if trouble strikes, you're on your own.) But the mind-clearing rewards of solo adventure, says veteran mountain guide JACK TURNER, make all the risks worthwhile.

These Pants Saved My Life

Grab a pair of XXLs and head up to Talkeetna, Alaska, where Carhartts aren't just the clothes the plumber wears and every year the populace gathers to swap tales of heroic trousers and...

The Birdman Drops In

What's it like defying gravity for a living? It's pretty sweet, bro. The mega-life of TONY HAWK.

Boy Wonder

Roger Carver May be only 12, but he has some serious things to teach us: 1. Snowboarding is fun. 2. People are complicated. 3. Destiny is really weird.

Terminal Ice

Hot enough for you? Yeah, us too. Go to the bottom of the planet—or the top—and you can't miss the warning signs of a warm apocalypse. And at the heart of the mystery, like broken shards of...

Climbing Lessons from the School of Tomaz Humar

#1 You must merge with the living energy of the mountain. #2 That nagging headache may be the result of an avalanche that has just crushed your tent. #3 In order to endure the most dire physical...

Bit

On September 11, in a remote corner of Myanmar, herpetologist Joseph Slowinski reached into a snake bag, as he had done a thousand times before. The next 28 hours would be his last. Mark W. Moffett...

The Respect of the Men

Straight from the gut, an expedition leader reveals his management secrets

Where the Ghost Bird Sings by the Poison Springs

What's that smell? It's a teeming avian sanctuary—and a sump of troubled waters. It's a mess that we created—and a puzzle we can't solve. It's California's Salton Sea, a hypersaline lake...

It's Gonna Suck To Be You

Brave 101 miles of rugged Rocky Mountain trail and scree, brutal cold, and the moist rattle of pulmonary edema. Endure 66,000 vertical feet of elevation change, driving sleet, and a little capillary...