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:
I’m in the back office when I hear Jake’s screams echo across the factory floor. We have no idea what’s happening, only that there’s no 911 to call—not out here.
The message to me was clear: My wedding would be an endurance event, a test of my physical stamina. I decided to adopt a four-part training plan to be in peak physical shape for the big day.
As I walked back to the place I had rented—via Airbnb—I thought of a line I had seen on the site: “Live like a local.” But what happens when locals can’t afford to live like locals?
“The top male surfers, I’d say they’re making $2 million or $3 million a year in sponsorships. There are no women making $2 million, that’s for sure.”
Men who have no insecurity when women outshine them are so rare in this heteropatriarchal culture that only like three zoos worldwide even have one anymore.
What We Read:
Best Profile of Our New Running Hero: “Athlete Gets Cancer. Athlete Fights Cancer. Repeat, Again and Again…” [Sports Illustrated]
Most Unexpected Treatment of Hemingway’s Favorite Spanish Event: “Who I Became at the Running of the Bulls” [Longreads]
Most Serious Profile of a Beer Mile Champ: “The Beer Mile World Record Holder Is More Than Just a Gimmick Racer” [Vice Sports]
Least Romantic Dispatch from a Nomadic Life: “The Unsettled” [The Outline]
Scariest Environmental Story: “The Louisiana Environmental Apocalypse Road Trip” [Longreads]