The Gist

Big-Wave Paddle Battle

In the wake of a controversial ESPN interview, big wave surfers tell Laird Hamilton to put up or shut up.

Burying the Truth

Recent avalanche deaths have prompted media speculation that sidecountry and backcountry skiing is becoming increasingly dangerous. It's just not that simple.

Blowing Up

For years experts have warned skiers never to travel in the backcountry without beacons, rescue shovels, and probes. In the aftermath of the deadly Washington State slide, is it time to add one more...

The Kid is Alright

Guinness World Records didn’t recognize Laura Dekker’s accomplishment as the youngest teen to sail solo around the world. Who cares? Her journey was more inspiring than any other nautical teen quest.


Did two North American alpinists do the right thing when they took the bolts out of one of Patagonia’s most famous climbing routes?

Surf Prophet

On the afternoon of December 26, 2011, surf forecasting guru and media mogul Sean Collins died of a heart attack. What will the loss of the sport’s oracle mean for the surfing industry and for the...

Bigfoot Goes to Court

How did a case about filming the world's most notorious recluse go all the way to New Hampshire's Supreme Court?

Stretching It

A recent New York Times Magazine story titled "How Yoga Can Wreck Your Body" caused a stir last week, claiming that certain aspects of yoga were too risky for the general population. So...

Not Buyin' It...

On November 25, when most retailers were pushing their flashiest Black Friday deals, Patagonia took out a full-page ad in The New York Times urging people not to buy one of its most popular...

Forecasting Avalanches

This past weekend, skier Jamie Pierre died in an avalanche in Utah's Little Cottonwood Canyon. Known instabilities in the snowpack had been brushed aside by dozens of experienced skiers in the area...

Battened Down

In late September, a surveyor found a small dead bat lying on the ground at a 6,500-acre wind farm in Pennsylvania, prompting an indefinite shutdown of night operations. With demand for green energy...

Over the River and Nearly Through the Woods

The 76-year-old artist Christo has sunk two decades of work and $11 million into hanging six-miles of translucent canopies over the Arkansas River. Will his Over the River project ever go up?

There's Something in the Water

Last August, two athletes died during the swim leg of the New York City Triathlon. Since then, articles on event safety have piled up—and two more athletes have lost their lives. Is it time for USA...

Behind the Curve

In July, FIS mandated the most drastic change in ski dimensions in 20 years. They claim the change was made in the name of safety, but will it hurt the sport?