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.

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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

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 coffee, assess the mayhem, and then dive right in.

Joe Spring
Dec 4, 2013

What drives Lance Armstrong? Director Alex Gibney, along with producers Frank Marshall and Matt Tolmach, offers an answer, and reexamines their role in promoting his story.

Joe Spring
Nov 15, 2013

Southern pitmaster Drew Robinson shares his recipe for the world’s best sunrise-to-sunrise, fat-bubbling, beer-guzzling cooking party

Joe Spring
Nov 1, 2013

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. We called filmmaker Joe York to find out why he works so hard to raise the profile of out-of-the-way cooks, farmers, and ranchers.

Joe Spring
Oct 31, 2013

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, 870-foot high rock. We called him up to find out more, and discovered he's using a revolutionary new technology to train.

Joe Spring
Sep 26, 2013

Jordan Hanssen and three friends were more than three-quarters of the way through a 3,700-nautical-mile row across the Atlantic Ocean when two rogue waves flipped their boat and left them fighting for their lives.

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

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-mile-long Russian peninsula. Guess what he brought back?

Joe Spring
Aug 23, 2013

Photographer Todd McLellan destroyed some of his favorite old gear so he could take pictures of it. We called him up to find out why.

Joe Spring
Aug 23, 2013

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, and won one world championship. It took just one simple miscommunication to put him face to face with a grisly death.

Joe Spring
Aug 22, 2013

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 birthday.

Joe Spring
Aug 7, 2013

On July 1, 2012, Davey du Plessis set off on a roughly 4,000-mile source-to-sea expedition down the Amazon. Two months and a third of the way in, he was attacked and left in the jungle to die. This is his story, as told to Joe Spring.

Joe Spring
Aug 6, 2013