Nick Heil

Nick Heil

Nick Heil is a contributing editor at Outside and the author of Dark Summit: The True Story of Everest's Most Controversial Season. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.


There Are No Winners with 'The Biggest Loser'

The new 'Biggest Loser' wants us to believe that the journey of transformation is internal and individual, that we can shape our bodies to our will. But what if it's not us we need to transform but...

Nick Heil
Mar 26, 2020

The Tragedy on Howse Peak

In April, alpinists David Lama, Jess Roskelley, and Hansjörg Auer went missing during a harrowing expedition on Canada’s Howse Peak

Nick Heil
Aug 28, 2019

The Indiana Jones of Climate Science

Equal parts climate scientist and climber, John All's incredible story of survival has fed into his mission to fight climate change.

Nick Heil
May 9, 2019

Are Kilian Jornet's Speed Records Too Good to Be True?

Where was the proof, critics demanded—the summit photos, the GPS track, the witnesses? Why did arguably his greatest accomplishment, in a career strewn with meticulously documented accomplishments,...

Nick Heil
Jul 12, 2018

Blame Your Junk Food Cravings on Your Unhealthy Brain

Raise your hand if you can relate to this scenario: You pull a fresh pint of Ben and Jerry’s from the freezer, intending to enjoy a couple of bites. Twenty minutes later, you’re lolling on the couch...

Nick Heil
Jul 3, 2018

Fatmap Is Like Google Earth (on Steroids) for Hikers

Dozens of apps provide mapping, GPS navigation, topographic data, and other tools to find your way around the outdoors, but none offer the kind of three-dimensional depth and detail of Fatmap. Think...

Nick Heil
Jul 1, 2018

Dave Asprey Wants to Make the Gym Bulletproof

Dave Asprey believes that biohacking can rocket your body and mind to peak performance. His Bulletproof diet zoomed into the mainstream, his Bullet-proof coffee has everyone quaffing butter, and his...

Nick Heil
Mar 22, 2018