Based in Livingston, Montana, Elliott Woods is a correspondent at Outside and a contributing editor at the Virginia Quarterly Review. He covers adventure, conflict, and environmental issues. He has won a National Magazine Award and the Overseas Press Club Award for Environmental Reporting.
The drowning of Avishek Sengupta at an obstacle challenge last April was ruled an accident, but his family and friends believe that the sport’s most prominent company did a terrible job of monitoring safety at a water obstacle called Walk the Plank. Elliott D. Woods looks at the life of a remarkable amateur athlete and explains why his tragic end may lead to a multimillion-dollar legal fight.