Thayer Walker

Thayer Walker

Thayer Walker, an Outside correspondent, wrote about paragliding the Himalayas in June 2010.


After a Hard Diagnosis, One Athlete Learns to Soften Up

Scott Lindgren knocked off first descents of the most remote and dangerous rivers on earth. When a brain tumor started to derail his athletic performance and threaten his life, everything changed.

Scott Lindgren and Thayer Walker
Oct 14, 2019

Rare Heir

Shaun MacGillivray shares his experience with IMAX movies, filmmaking, and how documentaries have the power to change lives.

Thayer Walker
Apr 9, 2012

Just Don't Call It a Submarine

Like many inventors, Graham Hawkes rides the line between revolutionary and cash-strapped dreamer. But if his new "flying" submersible works, he may be the first man to go 36,000 feet below the ocean...

Thayer Walker
Apr 21, 2010

The Greatest Show on Surf

What's more entertaining than a big-wave contest at Maverick's? The two men fighting over it.

Thayer Walker
Oct 28, 2009

Walking Jaguars in Bolivia

At a Bolivian animal-rehab center, volunteers can adopt a rescued jaguar and take it for daily walks on a leash. Brave and compassionate, or just plain stupid? THAYER WALKER discovers that it may be...

Thayer Walker
Jul 29, 2009

Ready, Aim, Sushi

If a shark doesn't kill you, shallow-water blackout or a giant propeller might. But the spearfishermen free­diving the oil rigs off Louisiana's coast don't let that get in the way of...

Thayer Walker
Feb 19, 2009

Earth, Sky & Gift Shop

A peek under the living roof of San Francisco's newly rebuilt, half–billion–dollar monument to nature

Thayer Walker
Sep 1, 2008

Tao Berman

Pro kayaker Berman, 29, made a name for himself by hucking hundred-foot waterfalls. But this fall, he's attempting his most daring feat yet: running for the legislature, as a Democrat in...

Thayer Walker
Jul 31, 2008

Cape Cool

When Keith Stewart opened his Pezula Resort, in Knysna, South Africa, in 2004, he hoped for a flood of guests. Instead, he got a flood. At Christmastime, rain gushed through the chimneys, turning the...

Thayer Walker
Jul 2, 2008

Off The Deep End

Karl Stanley is a stubborn, unconventional big talker with some powerful enemies. He's also a fearless mad genius who's reinvented DIY exploration in his homemade submarine. Ready to climb...

Thayer Walker
Jun 6, 2008

Me. By Myself. For a Long Time. (Very Long.)

Take one desert island, insert one strapping lad, and see how long he survives. That's the recipe for our half-starved, sunburnt castaway, who lived to tell the tale.

Thayer Walker
Jun 29, 2007

Killer Abs

Divers do the damnedest things in pursuit of Northern California abalone—like poaching, drowning, and getting gobbled up by great white sharks

Thayer Walker
Apr 1, 2006