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.


Danny MacAskill Can’t Ride a Bike

Which is a serious problem when you’re the most famous stunt rider on the Internet. But as Nick Heil finds out, the oft-injured Scot is roaring out of rehab to dazzle the world once again.

Nick Heil
Jan 1, 2013

Giving Everest the Bird

The arrival of high-altitude helicopters on Mount ­Everest and other Nepalese peaks has transformed search-and-­rescue and saved lives. But the choppers have also ­added to the chaos at the top of...

Nick Heil
May 14, 2012

Steve Romeo: In His Own Words

Outside's Nick Heil spoke about back country skiing with blogger Steve Romeo shortly before his death in an avalanche on March 7.

Nick Heil
Mar 9, 2012

Burying the Truth

Recent avalanche deaths have prompted media speculation that sidecountry and backcountry skiing is becoming increasingly dangerous. It's just not that simple.

Nick Heil
Mar 1, 2012

Top Snow Sports Blogs

While you’re waiting for the next mega-storm, check in with our list of the top winter sports blogs.

Nick Heil
Jan 18, 2012

Stretching It

A recent New York Times Magazine story titled "How Yoga Can Wreck Your Body" caused a stir last week, claiming that certain aspects of yoga were too risky for the general population. So should you...

Nick Heil
Jan 10, 2012

American Gladiators

The hottest trend in adventure racing is negotiating obstacles like barbed wire and burning hay bales. Why are races like the Tough Mudder and Spartan Race so popular?

Nick Heil
Nov 30, 2011

Failure to Launch

Gary Johnson's notched Ironmans and summited Everest. Now he wants to be president. Nick Heil hits the backcountry with the former New Mexico governor to see if the most rough-and-ready contender...

Nick Heil
Sep 8, 2011

Cycling Star Taylor Phinney

Cycling prodigy Taylor Phinney is already one of the best time-trial specialists in American history, and he's only 20. But will he or anyone ever escape Lance's shadow?

Nick Heil
May 5, 2011

The Ride of Her Life

Greg Mortenson did it. So Shannon Galpin, a single mom and former Pilates instructor with no humanitarian experience, figured she could too. She sold her house, started a non-profit, and flew to...

Nick Heil
Feb 15, 2011