W. Hodding Carter

W. Hodding Carter

W. Hodding Carter has written for several national magazines, including Esquire, Smithsonian, and Newsweek. The author of Westward Whoa , A Viking Voyage , and An Illustrated Viking Voyage , he lives with his family in Rockport, Maine.


Retracing Benedict Arnold's Foolhardy Upstream Voyage

I had wanted to retrace the expedition for decades, ever since I’d read Kenneth Roberts’s Arundel, the classic novel about the campaign, published in 1930, in which Arnold comes off as a...

W. Hodding Carter
Jul 19, 2018

The Outside Guide to Love

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

How to Raise an Outside Kid

W. Hodding Carter, Jack Hitt, and Anthoy 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

When the biggest floods in 75 years rolled down the Lower Mississippi, three river rats couldn't resist putting in. The result: an epic 300-mile canoe journey filled police boats, deadly whirlpools,...

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...

W. Hodding Carter
Dec 2, 2009

Memo to Michael Phelps

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...

W. Hodding Carter
Aug 1, 2006

Without a Paddle

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

Off the Beaten Park

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

Knock on Wood

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

When you adopt a member of a subtropical endangered species, you do what any good parent would: Get yourself down to Florida, and make sure Junior's all right.

W. Hodding Carter
May 1, 2000