Our favorite hidden-gem outdoor blogs and websites
One nice perk of being an editor at Outside: it's part of our job description to read and look at all kinds of adventure media. These are the sites that have been dearest to our hearts recently.
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Crux Crush: I loved Crux Crush, but they just said their goodbyes last month. They're leaving the site up as a resource for climbers, which is awesome. Some of my favorites: I do this dynamic warm-up routine before every indoor climbing session now, and I've observed a huge difference in my performance. This post altered my thinking about wearing a helmet when climbing (I didn't wear one before). And I always loved their Girl Crush of the Month posts. They were super on top of forecasting Margo Hayes' success. I feel like they covered her before anyone else. —Jenny Earnest, assistant social media editor
Slowtwitch: At heart, I'm a geek. Sure, I supposedly edit Outside Online. But in reality, I spend my days in spreadsheets, obsessing over analytics, and thinking about our audience reach. That—and my longstanding relationship with the bike—is why I love Slowtwitch so much. The forums are a geek's delight. Want to figure out how to do at-home aero testing? Check the forum. Want to source the ultimate vintage breakset? Check the forum. Want to talk to the smartest minds in exercise physiology or aerodynamics or bike design? Check the forum. TL;DR Slowtwitch is where I go to be a data nerd, but with bikes. —Scott Rosenfield, digital editorial director
History of Surfing: Full disclosure: I have never surfed in my life, but I do field lots of announcements about new media projects. I was most excited when this one hit my inbox. Matt Warshaw is the godfather of surf history, best known for his Encyclopedia of Surfing, originally a book that's also available online. He's once again blessed the Internet with free access to The History of Surfing, currently rolling it out chapter-by-chapter with amazing old-school images alongside. Surfers already know what a labor of love this is, but landlubbers (myself included) should also be charmed by Warshaw's clear obsession with every facet of the sport, with insights like: "The postwar style of surfing—the Southern California style, with trunks worn low on the hips, and a fervor not just to ride waves but to be known as a wave-rider, and do so in a way that might piss off non-surfers—this was new." —Erin Berger, associate editor
Overland Bound: Overland Bound is a favorite of mine mostly for the easily digestible nature of the 'explainer' articles and videos. I'm just getting started in this world of off-road camping and driving, and though there are plenty of articles and forums out there with endless pages of information, I really dig that OB synthesizes the info to help me learn without weighing a bunch of conflicting opinions. The tone is very positive and inclusive. Also, the guy who runs the site has the same vehicle as me, so that makes a good portion of his advice directly relevant and helpful to me. —Chris Thompson, visual producer
UltrarunnerPodcast.com: A site for running nerds by running nerds. I don't think anyone is making money off that site, but it's updated daily (not to mention they have a weekly podcast) and it's truly my go-to for new interesting stories. I would say that 50 percent of the stories I assign are based on an idea that I got from looking at that site. —Wes Judd, assistant editor
To Get Totally Pumped/Stoked/(Insert Cliché Slang Here)
Pretty. Damned. Fast.: To be honest, I just found out about Pretty. Damned. Fast. One of their stories—a lovely piece about riding through cancer—was featured on Digg. It caught my eye. And I've been coming back ever since. The design is great. The stories are interesting. Most of all, I love reading and supporting a site designed for and by women. —S.R.
Huckberry Journal: It’s like a really pretty Pinterest page for the outdoors. I don’t even use Pinterest, but there’s something about blending that nicer lifestyle angle with a love of the outdoors that’s really pretty—and lends itself to some great stories. Like this one about. Plus they did a story on the Sawtooths, and that is my favorite place ever. —Carly Graf, assistant editor
This Is Range: They post a lot about the intersection of art and the outdoors which is a unique combo I haven't found elsewhere. It was also founded by kickass feminist Jeanine Pesce, who advises companies like Nike, Patagonia, and Teva. —J.E.
The Trail Posse: Outdoor media is only in the early stages of finally becoming more inclusive. In the meantime, journalist Glenn Nelson has already been doing great work. His media initiative spotlights diverse writers and smart pieces about a more inclusive outdoors. A recent favorite: Nelson profiles professional snowboarder Ryan Hudson. —E.B.
Mountain Project Journal: My new climbing go-to. It's exploded with great content recently. —J.E.
Unsung Heroines: I love Molly Schiot’s website, Unsung Heroines, where she posts archival photos and blurbs about women pioneers in sports history. If you can’t get enough women’s sports stories, she’s also published a whole book of them. —Molly Mirhashem, assistant editor
To Zone Out (with Purpose!)
@restdaybrags: [Ed. note: Once again stretching the definition of “website,” but we loved this one so much we're giving it the OK.] I’ve also been following a new Instagram account called @restdaybrags, run by a group of athletes including obstacle racer Amelia Boone. I’m in the middle of marathon training, and the posts are a nice, funny break from the overload of aggressive running accounts I follow—especially when I have to take a day off. —M.M.
Nowhere: It has some of the best travel writing on the web. When I'm feeling cooped up and I've finished the latest features from Outside, I usually head there to get some inspiration and let my mind wander. —Ben Fox, editorial assistant
Rock and Ice's Weekend Whipper Series: My Facebook feed is pretty much a play-by-play of what's happening on Rock and Ice's video channel. Their Weekend Whipper series is particularly entertaining. They have their finger on the pulse of even the smallest developments and happenings in the climbing world. —Will Egensteiner, associate editor
Matt Dennison's YouTube Channel: Do vlogs count? [Ed. note: Sure, why not!] I've really been digging the stuff Matt Dennison's been putting out with his production company IFHC. He's a British Columbia mountain biker who not only puts out some some great edits but doesn't take himself or mountain biking too seriously. In fact, he'd probably take the piss out of me for using the term "edit." —Nicholas Hunt, assistant editor