Jon Billman

Jon Billman

Jon Billman is a frequent contributor to Outside.


The Mountain Biker Who Vanished Without a Trace

In an excerpt from 'The Cold Vanish,' a new book about people who disappear in the wild, Outside contributor Jon Billman looks at the rare, tragic case of a fat-tire rider who couldn't be found

Jon Billman
Jul 6, 2020

Hunting Down the Alaska Highway Murderers

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police are searching for Kam McLeod, 19, and Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, suspects in the murders of three people on remote highways in British Columbia. The teenagers are alleged to have spanned one territory and at least five massive provinces, leaving burning vehicles in their 2,000-mile-long wake before plunging into the Canadian backcountry.

Jon Billman
Aug 7, 2019

How a Crew of Maui Volunteers Found Two Missing Hikers in a Week

Five days after an ad hoc army of volunteer searchers rescued hiker Amanda Eller, the yoga teacher missing for 17 days on Maui, the same crew located missing person Noah "Kekai" Mina just 20 miles away. This time, the ending was not so happy.

Jon Billman
May 29, 2019

How 1,600 People Disappeared on Our Public Lands

When 18-year-old Joe Keller vanished from a dude ranch in Colorado's Rio Grande National Forest, he joined the ranks of those missing on public land. No official tally exists, but their numbers are growing. And when an initial search turns up nothing, who'll keep looking?

Jon Billman
Mar 13, 2017

Fat Bikes Vs. the Polar Vortex

The flow is slow—and the psi way low—but Jon Billman's blimp-wheeled rig helped him beat back the worst sub-zero winter on record.

Jon Billman
Mar 11, 2014

Before his arrest last Tuesday, survivalist Troy James Knapp, a.k.a. the Mountain Man of southern Utah, lived off the fat of the landowners, breaking into cabins and running circles around sheriffs and marshals with little but his physical fitness and backcountry savvy. As Knapp appears in Sanpete County court via video this morning, JON BILLMAN reports on the

Jon Billman
Apr 10, 2013

Jim Harrison's new book, made up of two longer stories, is a fascinating read about the way we navigate rivers and life

Jon Billman
Feb 21, 2013

The Disaster Diaries author on self-reliance, situational awareness, and adulthood

Jon Billman
Jan 25, 2013

Run Down

Australian Pat Farmer is on track to finish a ten-month pole-to-pole jog—without taking a single day off

Jon Billman
Jan 11, 2012

Three surprisingly gratifying genre novels that take you away

Jon Billman
Jun 14, 2011