At Camp with the Standing Rock Pipeline Protesters
When I arrived, I realized there are two major stories unfolding here on the windswept prairie of North Dakota. One of them, the one that has drawn the most media attention, plays out in rallies and hashtags, Facebook Live streams, and confrontations with pipeline security workers. The other is more difficult to see unless you visit the camp itself, where old friends and long estranged tribes have reunited, and people share songs, prayers, and stories as they articulate a future in which tribal lands are no longer national sacrifice zones and the zero-sum logic of industry is not taken for granted.
The Hardest Mountain Biking Race on Earth
The Mongolia Bike Challenge may be the most demanding mountain-bike race on earth. Started in 2010 as a ten-day event with multiple stage lengths in excess of 100 miles, the route takes riders through remote and mountainous terrain teeming with wild horses and with little in the way of course marshals—it’s each racer’s responsibility to carry a GPS tracking device.
Mountain Bike Photography’s Toughest Challenge
The Deep Summer Photo Challenge at Crankworx Whistler, which is the largest mountain biking festival in the world, is one of the most respected and grueling tests for photographers. Five industry-leading shooters are invited to the event, along with one wildcard contestant, to prove their photographic and mental strength for 72 hours of intense work and sleepless nights. Ultimately they edit together a three-to-five-minute slideshow viewed and judged at Whistler’s Olympic Plaza. Squamish-based photographer Ben Haggar was one of the top five selected for the 2016 contest. We caught up with him to learn more about the nonstop days and what he captured.
The World's Best Skiers* Take Over Portillo. (*They're All Women.)
Last week, I flew down to Chile to spend a week at Ski Portillo, arguably South America’s most iconic ski area. Surrounded by tall Andean peaks, sitting next to the much-photographed Laguna del Inca, and home to the iconic Super C Couloir, it’s a bucket-list spot for many of us in North America who are not-so-patiently awaiting the return of winter.
Haunting Wildfire Photos from California’s Summer Blazes
It’s wildfire season in the West, and we’ve seen a lot of terrifying and dismaying scorched-earth photos, but none that are quite as stunning as Stuart Palley’s.
Portraits of the Appalachian Trail
This spring, Virginia-based photographers Chet Strange and Parker Michels-Boyce set up a photo booth at Mile 806 of the Appalachian Trail. Using a classic studio backdrop, they captured dozens of northbound thru-hikers as they made their way toward Cold Mountain in the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests. Strange and Michels-Boyce aimed to capture the variety of folks and personalities tackling one of America’s great trails. Here are 13 of our favorites.
Luke Aikins' 25,000-Foot, Record-Setting Freefall
On July 30 at approximately 5:45 p.m. local time, Hollywood stuntman and skydiving luminary Luke Aikins jumped out of a Cessna Grand Caravan airplane 25,000 feet above Simi Valley, California. It was the first time in his 18,000-plus skydives that Aikins, 42, with a wife and young son, did not wear a parachute.
Runnin’ with the Bulls on Oregon’s Wenaha River
The greatest thing about the Pacific Northwest is how much accessible adventure hides in the creases of its maps.
The 68-Year-Old Canyoneer Legend Descending Death Valley
Scott Swaney, a former oilman and current badass a couple years shy of 70, has more first descents in Death Valley National Park than anyone on earth. He spent the past decade looking for everything from tight canyons to massive drop-offs and is believed to have led or been involved with 203 of the 258 first descents in the park. Swaney has burned through partners who couldn’t stand the heat and hard labor of exploring his hellish playground, but he continues to recruit new ones, eager to keep exploring. This spring, photographer Ian Tuttle, who had never canyoneered, stuffed his camera—a film Mamiya 645 AFDii—into a backpack and followed along.
Why Slackline in a Gym When You Could Slackline Over a Waterfall in Hawaii?
At just 19 years old, Alex Mason is one of the youngest phenoms in slacklining. He’s traversed the globe to compete, winning the Teva World Cup and the Slackline World Championships, all before he graduated high school. For his biggest project yet, he teamed up with his mentor, “Sketchy” Andy Lewis, and a Redbull film crew to trickline his way through the world’s first “slackladder” — a term coined by Redbull.
Adventure Dog of the Week
The only thing we love more than our own dogs? Seeing all of our readers’ prized adventure companions. So all summer, we’ll be featuring a running gallery of our favorite pups. Use #OutsideDogs2016, we'll pick the best shots, and continue adding them to this collection. Here, a few hand-picked, photogenic creatures to get the ball rolling.
See This Wolf Pack Take Down an Elk on a Highway Overpass
Wolf pack takes down elk on highway overpass in Canada
Fat Biking New England’s Toughest Mountain In Winter
In early February, pro cyclist Tim Johnson became the first person to pedal to the top of New Hampshire’s 6,288-foot high Mount Washington in the dead of winter.
The Best Wipeouts of the Volcom Pipe Pro
A big northwest swell lit the North Shore's Banzai Pipeline, providing spectacular makes and even more spectacular slams.