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When a Fatal Grizzly Mauling Goes Viral

When a Fatal Grizzly Mauling Goes Viral

How much does the world need to know about a deadly bear attack? That question was tested in the Yukon last year, after the horrific loss of a mother and daughter caused a destructive media storm.

The Uncertain Future of the Boundary Waters

The Uncertain Future of the Boundary Waters

At 1.1 million acres, the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness is one of the largest and most popular backcountry destinations in the U.S. and a longtime proving ground for adventurers. But now the region is facing the threat of sulfide-ore copper mining. Stephanie Pearson paddles into the wild.

The Human Antivenom Project

The Human Antivenom Project

Since 2000, Tim Friede, a truck mechanic from Wisconsin, has endured some 200 snakebites and 700 injections of lethal snake venom—all part of a masochistic quest to immunize his body and offer his blood to scientists seeking a universal antivenom. For nearly two decades, few took him seriously. Then a gifted young immunologist stumbled upon Friede on YouTube—and became convinced that he was the key to conquering snakebites forever.

He Trots the Air

He Trots the Air

The end was coming for Roany, a strong and beautiful horse who’d been at the center of Pam Houston’s life for 25 years. What she wanted for him was simple: a peaceful exit, lifted by the touch of human hands.

When Dad's Land Finally Came to Life

When Dad's Land Finally Came to Life

Michigan-raised writer Dean Kuipers and his brothers had a problem with their father: he had alienated all of them, and his attempt to regain their affection with a hunting property he’d bought only made things worse. Then something wonderful happened, rooted in their shared love of wild places. An exclusive excerpt from Kuipers's new memoir ‘The Deer Camp.’

Health Companies Want to Reward You for Going Outside

Health Companies Want to Reward You for Going Outside

Spending time in nature is increasingly considered legitimate medicine, and doctors and insurance carriers are treating it as such. But how exactly can we expect this movement to play out—and affect our wallets and gear purchases—in the future?