Daniel Duane

Daniel Duane

Daniel Duane has written for The New York Times Magazine, The New York Times Sunday Review, California Sunday Magazine, GQ, and many other publications. He is the author six books, including the surfing memoir Caught Inside. Duane won a 2012 National Magazine Award for an article about cooking with Chef Thomas Keller, and a 2017 IACP award for Narrative Food Writing for a profile of Harold McGee. He has twice been a finalist for a James Beard Award. Duane lives in San Francisco with his wife, the writer Elizabeth Weil, and their two daughters.  


Yosemite Climbing Pioneer Jim Bridwell Dies

Wearing wild paisley shirts and bell-bottomed pants, smoking cigarettes and posing with a kind of rebellious insouciance, Bridwell and his partners created an utterly new image of the rock climber as...

The Greatest Mountain Shop in America

You don’t have to covet 80-meter climbing ropes or be a gram­obsessed through-hiker to understand what makes Eastside Sports in Bishop, California, the greatest mountain shop in America.

Handing Over the Sharp End

When Daniel Duane was a kid, his father taught him how to climb in Yosemite. Two decades later, when his teenage daughter wanted a valley education of her own, he realized that the old beta no longer...

Osa Peninsula

Costa Familia

One dad's quest for an undiscovered surf spot turns up perfect waves, crazy wildlife, and just the right kid-friendly vibe on Costa Rica's wild Osa Peninsula


The Great and Wonderful Oz

So it's a vast, faraway adventure mecca,no worries, mate! Here come ten abso-bloody-lutely awesome Australian odysseys—from Sydney to the bush—plus locals' picks and all the beta you need...

Worst-case scenarios

Let the Bad Times Roll

Adventure, big and small, is all about risk. The risk that things may go terribly wrong. That danger will finally cut off your credit and hit you with a hefty bill. That luck will flee the scene as...

Brandy Armstrong

Feel the Heat

Three months of pure freedom. You're loving it—and we are, too. From big water to big walls, from oyster stands to dune shacks, fifty-one sunny ways to dive in when the mercury rises.

Big Island

Hawaii O-Five

No one denies that our 50th state is Paradise, USA. But anyone who's ever been to this lush chain knows a simple truth: Not all the islands are created equal. So which is best? Welcome to the Great...

bodysurfing at newport

The Lip Comes Down

Wipe out trying to bodysurf the Newport Wedge and you'll burst an eardrum, yank out a shoulder, or snap a few ribs. Daniel Duane tackles the mean blue beast and meets the elite riders who court her...