At Outside, we publish dozens of stories, videos, and photo essays per week. The result can be overwhelming: Lots of stories and not enough time to read them.
So here's our digest of the reading you should catch up on this week. Our goal’s simple: to collect the most interesting, overlooked, and worth-your-time reads from Outside and our other favorite sources.
What We Wrote:
Looking back on her early days in her sport, professional climber Angie Payne, 32, is struck by how twisted her definition of health once was.
“I hope they will not risk too much. K2 really is a maneater.”
"Unfortunately, it was mostly in the face they’d get you. It’s just basically like being murdered by bees."
There’s a lot of footage of Symmonds running in half tights, driving around, and dispensing training advice: “My number one rule of training: never wake up to an alarm clock.” There is much shirtlessness.
It’s summer. Like every other summer, we humans enter the woods and are shocked to find that bears live there.
What We Read:
Best Crime Investigations Featuring “Dazed Heifers”: “Meet Nevada’s Cow Cops” [High Country News]
Most Important Land-Feud Coverage: “African Americans Have Lost Untold Acres of Land Over the Last Century” [The Nation]
Best Headline: “If a Bear Shows Up in the First Act, He Better Eat Someone in the Second” [Literary Hub]
Most Helpful Reminder: “Nature Therapy Is a Privilege” [The Atlantic]
Most Promising New Resource: “Want to Be an Outdoor Writer? We’ll Teach You.” [SNews]