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Farid Noori didn’t grow up with a love of cycling, but the palpable joy he now feels for the sport makes it seem like he was born to ride

Feeling adrift in a black hole after your marathon? You’re normal, and in good company. World-class runners, coaches and sport psychologists offer their advice.

It’s a great truck—even with zero modifications

Six of the world’s leading climbers take on one of the world’s last great climbing frontiers: Queen Maud Land

Watch the short film ‘Queen Maud Land’ with your Outside+ membership

A couple and their one-year-old child were found less than two miles from their car in the Sierra National Forest, with no obvious trauma. Authorities finally determined the cause of death.

We combed the event for the most unique and badass builds

Wes Siler takes you inside the automaker’s newest offering

Thanks to the app’s open diary format, a race is more than just a race—it’s an opportunity for public introspection

Good news: sustainability and joy go hand in hand

Israel Start-Up Nation owner Sylvan Adams and UCI played key roles in helping young Afghan women cyclists escape the clutches of the Taliban

The food-mood connection is interesting, but the research is still in its infancy. Here’s what we know.

I’m really sorry it happened and really glad I survived. Notes on the flabbergasting climax of an Alaska road trip that changed my life.

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Health
A friendly reminder that worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, it only saps today of its joy
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A recent ruling on an Endangered Species Act case may set a precedent for incorporating climate models into species protection
Culture
For Indie singer-songwriter Jesca Hoop and British rapper Testament, the natural world is an endless source of creative inspiration
Travel
These cities around the world celebrate the chillier months in a big way, proving that frigid weather doesn’t have to mean being shut in

What do you get when you remove fashion and gender from the outdoors? Unadulterated bliss.

The actor, woodworker, and dedicated outdoorsman offers up choice lessons for making a deeper connection with the world beyond your door

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Each year an estimated 300,000 smugglers, known as ‘kolbars,’ haul millions of pounds of contraband from Iraq to Iran over the 14,000-foot peaks of the Zagros Mountains. More than 50 of them will die—shot dead, killed in accidents, or freezing to death—and countless more will be arrested and imprisoned. Alex Perry travels to Iraqi Kurdistan to investigate the roots of a trade that all but defies comprehension.

Each year an estimated 300,000 smugglers, known as ‘kolbars,’ haul millions of pounds of contraband from Iraq to Iran over the 14,000-foot peaks of the Zagros Mountains. More than 50 of them will die—shot dead, killed in accidents, or freezing to death—and countless more will be arrested and imprisoned. Alex Perry travels to Iraqi Kurdistan to investigate the roots of a trade that all but defies comprehension.