W. Hodding Carter

W. Hodding Carter

W. Hodding Carter is a contributing editor to Outside.

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Adventures in Lockdown with Seven Full-Size Roommates

My dad is struggling with cancer in North Carolina, and COVID-19 cruelly cut him off from his family. But in Maine, where I live, the pandemic has forced 'Brady Bunch' togetherness that's been challenging, strangely fun, and full of lessons worth carrying forward.

W. Hodding Carter
May 20, 2020

This Swedish Adventure Race Is Like Ironman. Without the Bikes.

Ötillö Swimrun is a grueling race series alternating long passages of open-water swimming with rugged runs of up to 40 miles. But unlike a triathlon, there’s no biking. That’s great news for W. Hodding Carter, a former collegiate swimmer who plans to qualify for the world championship. At age 56.

W. Hodding Carter
May 29, 2019

Retracing the Voyage of America's Greatest Traitor

A glorious and ill-considered expedition to retrace the nearly 300-mile sufferfest endured by colonial badass (and not yet turncoat) Benedict Arnold and his 1,100 brave, starving men. Their aim: to take Quebec City from the British. Ours: to survive.

W. Hodding Carter
Jul 19, 2018

Till Boredom Do Us Part: The Outside Guide to Love in 4 Chapters

How to find a partner who shares your passion for living bravely, build a relationship fueled by adventure, and keep happiness alive through kids, career changes, and really bad wipeouts

Luke Dittrich, Steven Rinella, Susan Casey, and W. Hodding Carter
Nov 7, 2016

W. Hodding Carter, Jack Hitt, and Anthony Doerr look back on their attempts to raise kids who love the outdoors.

W. Hodding Carter, Jack Hitt, and Anthony Doerr
May 14, 2013

57 Feet and Rising

During the Great Flood of 2011, the Mississippi was an unleashed monster, with deadly currents and a flow rate that could fill the Superdome in less than a minute. Defying government orders, Delta native W. Hodding Carter and two wet-ass pals canoed 300 miles from Memphis to Vicksburg—surfing the crest, watching wildlife cope with the rising tide and assessing 75 years of levee building.

W. Hodding Carter
Jun 29, 2011

Glorious Bastard: Martin Strel

He's kinda fat and more than a little rude (and he drinks like a fish). But long-distance swimmer Martin Strel has become the world's most unlikely philanthropist—out to save the world's dirtiest rivers a million awkward strokes at a time.

W. Hodding Carter
Dec 2, 2009

Nice job in China, guy. Now could you turn your attention to saving swimming?

W. Hodding Carter
Dec 23, 2008

The 40-Year-Old Virgin Swimmer

In a (completely misguided) bid to make the 2008 Olympic team, ex-NCAA swimmer W. Hodding Carter is training like he did in college. And that means spring break. Only this time our party frogman is cruising the British Virgin Islands under his own power.

W. Hodding Carter
Aug 1, 2006

Journey with us through the watery heart of the largest subtropical wetlands in America: the Everglades. Why? Because it's there—or used to be.

W. Hodding Carter
Aug 1, 2003

Big Fun in 17 National Parks

Kimberly Brown Seely, Lisa Twyman Bessone, W. Hodding Carter, Seth Masia, Joe Yogerst, Sam Moulton, and Harriot Manley
Jun 1, 2003

Armed with audiovisual firepower, a squadron of bird geeks chases the one that got away

W. Hodding Carter
Jan 1, 2002

My Son, the Manatee

Is it ever too late to become the caring parent you thought you could be? To find out, one man went in search of his adopted manatee—only to discover the many injustices that humankind has heaped upon these hapless marine mammals. And when Junior is fat, slow, and endangered, family values are nothing more than an easy way to break your heart.

W. Hodding Carter
May 1, 2000