Joe Spring

Joe Spring

Joe Spring is a former editor at Outside. His writing can be found in The New York Times, Canoe and Kayak, and the Santa Fean.


When Wolves Attack

Sixteen-year-old Noah Graham was lying down during a late-summer camping trip when he felt jaws clamp down on the back of his head. He reached back and touched a Wolf’s face.

Joe Spring
Jan 6, 2014

Clark Little: Diving Into the Digital Wave

What’s a niche adventure photographer to do when social media and technology create the perfect environment for copycats? In the case of North Shore wave photographer Clark Little, put down the...

Joe Spring
Dec 4, 2013

The Making of “The Armstrong Lie”

What drives Lance Armstrong? Director Alex Gibney, producer Frank Marshall, and producer Matt Tolmach talk to Outside about reexamining their role in promoting his story, and offer an answer.

Joe Spring
Nov 15, 2013

How to Cook a Whole Hog

Southern pitmaster Drew Robinson shares his recipe for the world’s best sunrise-to-sunrise, fat-bubbling, beer-guzzling party. The number one ingredient? Friends and family.

Joe Spring
Nov 1, 2013

Southern Food, Centerstage

The Southern Foodways Alliance searches out the best hidden food personalities in the American South, tells their stories in films and oral histories, and puts their farms and restaurants on the map...

Joe Spring
Oct 31, 2013


5 stories by our editors about near-death experiences and how they survived.

Mark Anders, Joe Spring, and Ben Marcus
Oct 8, 2013

Jeb Corliss on The Flying Dagger

On September 28, 37-year-old Jeb Corliss will attempt what he says is his most challenging jump yet. He will drop out of a helicopter and pilot his wingsuit through a crack in a roughly 900-foot-long...

Joe Spring
Sep 26, 2013

Surviving a Capsized Rowboat in the Open Ocean

Jordan Hanssen and three friends were more than three-quarters of the way through a 3700 nautical mile row across the Atlantic Ocean when two rogue waves flipped their boat and left them fighting for...

Joe Spring
Sep 18, 2013

Surviving a Flash Flood in a Slot Canyon

Narrow canyons can turn into sheer-walled death traps during heavy rain. Emerging from them safely depends on smart planning, constant awareness, and, when those don't work, a healthy dose of luck.

Joe Spring
Sep 11, 2013

Galleries We Like: Surfing Kamchatka

Photographer Chris Burkard chartered a Soviet military chopper and four-wheel-drive carrier truck, gathered six of his toughest friends, and set off on a two-week exploration of the remote, wild 780-...

Joe Spring
Aug 23, 2013

Surviving an 8,000-Foot Fall

By the time 51-year-old Sacramento dentist Craig Stapleton jumped out of a plane on the afternoon of March 10 he had racked up more than 7,000 jumps, competed in 14 national skydiving competitions,...

Joe Spring
Aug 22, 2013

Zak Noyle's Wave Photography

At age 14, Zak Noyle took his first photo at a Hawaiian shore break. By 25, he was a senior staff photographer at Surfer. We checked in with him several accolades and awards later, on his 27th...

Joe Spring
Aug 7, 2013