The New Icons of the Outdoors

The trendsetters and trailblazers reimagining the outside world

The Social Media Stars
This Influencer Wants You to Start Growing Mushrooms 
Mar 10, 2021

This Influencer Wants You to Start Growing Mushrooms 

In an excerpt from ‘In Search of Mycotopia,’ a new book about different communities exploring the multiple uses of fungi and mushrooms, the author goes foraging with William Padilla-Brown, a rising star in the mycological movement
#WomenWhoHunt Is Instagram's Most Fascinating Subculture
Sep 8, 2020

#WomenWhoHunt Is Instagram's Most Fascinating Subculture

A new school of social-media influencers are giving hunting a fresh and decidedly female face. Our writer joins two rising stars of “huntstagram” in the Arizona backcountry to chase mule deer for her first time—and see if she can stomach what it takes to be an omnivore.
The Athletes
Justin Williams Wants You to Fall in Love with American Pro Cycling
Apr 12, 2021

Justin Williams Wants You to Fall in Love with American Pro Cycling

He’s not only one of the fastest cyclists in the country—he’s also one of the sport’s most outspoken champions for diversity. But his mission has morphed into the greatest moon shot of all: to bring bike racing to the American masses.
Emily Ford Hiked 1,200 Miles in the Dead of Winter
May 4, 2021

Emily Ford Hiked 1,200 Miles in the Dead of Winter

In March, Emily Ford became the first woman to complete Wisconsin’s Ice Age Trail in winter. She’s also become an unintentional ambassador of the outdoor industry’s quest for inclusivity.
The Organizers
Meet the Climate Champion We’ve Been Waiting For
Oct 31, 2020

Meet the Climate Champion We’ve Been Waiting For

The marine biologist has become a leading voice in the movement by deftly communicating what few people understand: that cleaning up the planet requires a commitment to social justice
When a Psychological Emergency Strikes in the Outdoors
Nov 9, 2020

When a Psychological Emergency Strikes in the Outdoors

Wilderness pros are trained to deal with physical injuries, but what about the psychological trauma that can result while on an expedition, from fear and stress, or from watching someone die in a fall, an avalanche, or whitewater? Australian psychologist and mountaineer Kate Baecher created a training program to equip guides and athletes with a tool kit to handle the worst mental distress we encounter when we're far from help.
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