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January 16

What happens if you find an injured climber halfway up a 1,600-foot rock face? In 1931, the only option was a high-altitude piggyback ride.

Three methods to cultivate pacing mastery and optimize your performance potential

Wes Siler compares all-season tires against the trusted Bridgestone Blizzak. The results speak for themselves.

The wait for winter is over. Here’s the gear that helped our editors stay warm, festive, and active over the holidays.

On this stunning trip in northern Patagonia, you’ll explore towering peaks, a new ten-million-acre national park, and pristine rivers and lakes. And did we mention the delicious barbecue?

The ‘Row of Life’ drifted for nearly 4,000 miles across the Pacific Ocean until, one day, it washed ashore

The technology promises more performance, but limited by stock reflector housings, it fails to deliver

You can blame the usual suspects: the crazy cost of mountain-town housing, the corporatization of the ski industry, the Man. Or dare to believe that our hero lives on.

“Home Crag” takes viewers inside the fight to protect Little Cottonwood Canyon, a favorite climbing spot just outside Salt Lake City

‘Maintenance Phase’ hosts Aubrey Gordon and Michael Hobbes are tackling everything from Halo Top ice cream to the war on obesity

Our trail shoemeliers pick the best off-road running models to pair with each trail surface

While getting his PhD in English, Logan Scherer developed an intense friendship with a male grad student that lasted for years, through his friend’s engagement and marriage to a woman. Scherer struggled to make sense of it, until he lost himself in a group of spinster nature writers from the late 19th century who eschewed marriage to live alone or with other women during a time when the language of queerness didn’t exist.

Whether you’re looking to take up classic skiing or skate skiing, the U.S. gold medalist has some words of wisdom for beginners. Consider this your introductory primer to one of the season’s most fun and affordable sports.

Insulated pants are a fun and comfortable alternative to heavy and restrictive base layers

The incident in December is the latest incident of vandalism to ancient Native artifacts

Christopher Lewis was lost in the Montana backcountry with a shattered ankle, sopping clothes, and a single bar of cell-phone reception

The 40-year-old’s stunning performance smashed two world records on Friday

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With plenty of good food and drinks, events, and nightlife, there’s a lot more to Reno-Tahoe than its phenomenal skiing

Marshall Sella started as an intern at Outside in Chicago in 1988, and he went on to a successful career as a magazine writer in New York. His friends and former colleagues will remember him as much for his infectious humor and generous spirit. Here, his editor recalls the impact a young man had on a magazine still finding its voice.

Climate expert Daniel Swain explains how a convergence of climate change, urban sprawl, and extreme weather fueled the costliest wildfire in state history

Looking to sign up for your first triathlon? We share everything you need to know to help you have a successful first race.

One day Brandon Sneed’s girlfriend called him to deliver alarming news: she’d impulsively signed up for a half Ironman. On a whim, Sneed decided to do the race, too.

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The southwest Florida coast is a lot more than just a beach destination

Stunning and easy-to-access vistas to bookmark for your next road trip

Go sledding, slow cook a hearty stew, sip on a rich cup of hot cocoa. Just because the days are shorter and colder doesn’t have to mean they’re any less fun.

A secret abortion, pirates, and the peace found at the bottom of the ocean

From route creation and trail research to offline data access, Gaia GPS helps runners of every level achieve safer trips

Five moves to get your backside back in action

We only have room for two powder skis in our print issue, but there are so many more worth your consideration

From hilarious to horrifying, these tales offer a glimpse into what this work can be like

A new way of classifying athletes aims to quantify the thresholds that distinguish recreational athletes from their trained, highly trained, and elite brethren

With prices starting at $40,000, the Hummer-based truck will help take zero-emissions 4x4’s mainstream

Gnarly Nutrition’s ‘Home Crag’ shares why the frequented site is important to the state’s climbing community

When your crew has differing abilities, choosing a resort with varied terrain is crucial

Fitness comes and goes. Allow Glen Plake to make a case for prioritizing style—that elusive athletic skill that endures.

From Lake Placid to Cordova and some select places in between, here’s our (highly subjective) list of the nation’s best mountain towns. Before telling us where we went wrong, please take a moment to acknowledge the courage and gall it takes to attempt such an impossible feat.

Yes, things are very bad, but there are some glimmers of hope for making meaningful progress

Our Sweat Science columnist spent two months measuring his blood sugar around the clock. Here’s what he found.

This California trail was my dream hike—until maggots, a missing tent, and the stomach flu turned it into a nightmare

Sikh adventurer Preet Chandi crosses Antarctica, climbers lost in 2021, and a highly satisfying ski line

With a few specific products, paired with clothes you already own, you’re on your way to a rip-roaring good time

A day out on the slopes doesn’t have to be wildly expensive. You just need to know where and when to go.

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With a few specific products, paired with clothes you already own, you’re on your way to a rip-roaring good time
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The Micro Puff was our favorite jacket of 2018 because there’s a lot to love about this warm, superlight piece. “The PlumaFill is tacked between sheets of ten-denier nylon fabric in long strands, so it won’t shift and create cold spots,” our tester wrote.
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Because why have we decided that winter fun is just for kids?
Culture
What makes a queer person choose to live in an outdoorsy hot spot instead of an urban gayborhood?
Destinations
This short film follows a pod of whales as they play and glide through the waters off the coast of Maui

Wes Siler compares all-season tires against the trusted Bridgestone Blizzak. The results speak for themselves.

You can blame the usual suspects: the crazy cost of mountain-town housing, the corporatization of the ski industry, the Man. Or dare to believe that our hero lives on.

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While getting his PhD in English, Logan Scherer developed an intense friendship with a male grad student that lasted for years, through his friend’s engagement and marriage to a woman. Scherer struggled to make sense of it, until he lost himself in a group of spinster nature writers from the late 19th century who eschewed marriage to live alone or with other women during a time when the language of queerness didn’t exist.

While getting his PhD in English, Logan Scherer developed an intense friendship with a male grad student that lasted for years, through his friend’s engagement and marriage to a woman. Scherer struggled to make sense of it, until he lost himself in a group of spinster nature writers from the late 19th century who eschewed marriage to live alone or with other women during a time when the language of queerness didn’t exist.