Devon O'Neil

Devon O'Neil

Devon O'Neil is a correspondent for Outside magazine.

The Ski King of the Southwest

James Coleman is snapping up small ski areas in Colorado, Arizona, and New Mexico. As warming temperatures shorten the winter season and the West contends with drought, we had to ask: Why?

What Secrets Are Hiding in Your Ski Waiver?

With ski season bearing down and diehard shredders around the northern hemisphere heading into resort sales offices to pick up their passes, we wondered how many actually understand—or even read—the...

How Global Warming Is Changing How We Play Outside

Climate change is affecting America’s recreation meccas—from Yosemite to Yellowstone—in profound ways. As the planet heats up and weather patterns shift, so will the ways we interact with the...

The Downside of Living in a Treehouse

A 65-year-old Miami woman has been living in a tree on her property for the past decade. Now, she’s fighting with the county to stay put.

Why Not Go Drone Surfing?

It’s a hot, windless Saturday in September. You and your buddies wanna go play on the lake, but no one’s got a boat or a Jet Ski. No matter: charge up an octocopter, lash on a tether, and hit the...

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...

How Did a Lightning Strike Kill 323 Reindeer?

A scary phenomenon called “step voltages,” in which an electric current travels overland and impacts any person or object connected to the ground, is likely responsible for wiping out 323 reindeer...

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