Stephanie Pearson

Stephanie Pearson

Stephanie Pearson is a freelance writer and contributing editor to Outside. Two of her Outside stories have been anthologized in The Best American Travel Writing. She splits her time between the lakes of northern Minnesota and the mountains of the Southwest.

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She Learned to Bike at 20. Now She Dominates Endurance Cycling.

Last July, then 28-year-old Alexandera Houchin won the women's Tour Divide, a 2,745-mile race from Canada to Mexico over the Continental Divide. Next on her list? The new Dirty Kanza XL, a 350-mile unsupported race across Kansas.

Stephanie Pearson
May 30, 2019

Will Mining Destroy America's Most Popular Wilderness?

At 1.1 million acres, the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness is one of the largest and most popular backcountry destinations in the U.S. and a longtime proving ground for adventurers. But now the region is facing the threat of sulfide-ore copper mining. Stephanie Pearson paddles into the wild.

Stephanie Pearson
May 20, 2019

2019's Best Summer Camps (for Kids and Grown-ups)

Who says summer camp is just for kids? We rounded up seven escapes made for grown-ups (and a few for their families), plus seven more to entertain the kids while the adults are at play.

Stephanie Pearson
May 16, 2019

Expert Tips for Traveling Alone

For this veteran journalist, the intoxicating freedom of traveling solo outweighs the risks every time. Here are her life-on-the-road strategies.

Stephanie Pearson
May 1, 2019

The 25 Places You Need to Hike Before You Die

Ancient European pilgrimages. Coastal treks along jungle isles. Surprising Rocky Mountain summits. Checking off any of these bucket-list hikes is sure to be the experience of a lifetime.

Stephanie Pearson
Mar 25, 2019

Patagonia Is Building Parks. Pay Attention.

As the U.S. battles over the fate of public lands, the Chilean government and Kristine Tompkins are doing something extraordinary down in Patagonia—setting aside millions of acres for stunning new national parks. And they aren't done yet.

Stephanie Pearson
Aug 17, 2018