Ian Frazier

Ian Frazier

Contributing editor Ian Frazier is the author of 12 books, including Travels in Siberia and Great Plains. His 2002 Outside story Terminal Ice was nominated for a National Magazine Award, and his 2013 story The Last Days of Steelhead Joe was included in The Best American Sports Writing anthology.


The Pull of the Open Road

As the world continues to grapple with COVID-19, travel for many is still a faraway dream. But Ian Frazier reminds us that there’s no more promising feeling than hitting the road, windows down, hair blowing, full speed ahead.

Ian Frazier
Jul 13, 2020

The Daytona 500 of Ice Fishing

At the planet's biggest ice-fishing tournament, held every January in Brainerd, Minnesota, 10,000 contestants battle 20-below temperatures for a $150,000 purse. Ian Frazier slips and slides among wily fish, cheese curds, and some of the greatest nearly frozen anglers he's ever seen.

Ian Frazier
Dec 14, 2017

Poisonous Monster Toads Are Taking Over South Florida

In South Florida, cane toads are so numerous that they seem to be dropping from the sky. They're overtaking parking lots and backyards, can weigh almost six pounds, and pack enough poison to kill pets. Why the surge?

Ian Frazier
Mar 23, 2017

National Parks Don't Need Your Misty-Eyed Reverence

John Muir rhapsodizing about Yosemite is one thing, but Ian Frazier has had it with people calling their favorite outdoor spots “cathedrals,” “shrines,” and “sacred spaces.” The false piety detracts from the real task at hand: seeing these places as they actually are.

Ian Frazier
Jun 7, 2016

Can Sylvia Earle Save the Oceans?

The marine biologist has done things in the ocean that would scare most people senseless. She's been alone in total darkness thousands of feet down, hovered under a Russian ship as it pinged her submarine, and been charged by huge sharks. But one thing does frighten her: the dire state of our overfished and polluted seas, something she spends every waking hour trying to change.

Ian Frazier
Nov 12, 2015

Proven strategies for getting laughs, plus some always winning punch lines

Ian Frazier
Dec 4, 2013

A few words on kick-starting a love of adventure

Ian Frazier
Sep 16, 2013

The Last Days of Stealhead Joe

The Deschutes River fly-fishing guide called Stealhead Joe was an angling master with a long list of devoted clients. But as Ian Frazier, who fished with Joe last fall, learned, off the water, Joe’s life was a tangle of troubles that ultimately overwhelmed him.

Ian Frazier
Aug 21, 2013

The Tale-Telling Days Are Over

Whatever happened to an outdoorsman’s sacred right to exaggerate? In the age of digitized adventure, the fish that got away is gone forever.

Ian Frazier
Dec 12, 2012

Fatherhood and the Great Outdoors

Outside's best writers share their thoughts on fatherhood and nature-bonding with Dad.

Steven Rinella, Ian Frazier, Marc Peruzzi, and Mark Singer
May 9, 2011

The Longest Yarn

A new film chronicles the classic story of a daring prison break from a Soviet gulag. We dispatched our crankiest critic to weigh in on the somewhat true story.

Ian Frazier
Jan 13, 2011