Jon Billman

Jon Billman (@jonbillman) is a frequent contributor to <i>Outside</i>

The Darkest of Border Passages

Claustrophobics beware: John Vaillant’s novel The Jaguar’s Children takes place almost entirely inside the 10,000-gallon tank of a Dina water truck stranded near the Arizona-­Mexico border.

Fat Bikes Vs. the Polar Vortex

The flow is slow—and the psi way low—but my fat bike somehow saved me from a polar winter that otherwise might have ruined me.

Squaring The Legend of Troy James Knapp

For seven years before his arrest last Tuesday, Troy James Knapp, a.k.a. the Mountain Man of southern Utah, had an incredible run. Here was a lone man on snowshoes living off the fat of the...

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Must Read: 'The River Swimmer'

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

Farmer, in his Arctic garb, has averaged two marathons a day and raised more than $100,000 for the Red Cross

Run Down

Australian ultra runner Pat Farmer is running from the North Pole to the South Pole

Three gratifying genre novels

Three surprisingly gratifying genre novels that take you away, including The Last Werewolf by Glen Duncan, The Sisters Brothers by Patrick DeWitt, and America Pacifica by Anna North.

Junger in the Korengal Valley

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Roads to Quoz

A quarter-century after his now classic record of a trip down America's two-laners, Blue Highways, William Least Heat-Moon is back in the driver's seat. And though he's given up sleeping in his '75...

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