Features

Features are the longform articles our readers know and love. These longreads showcase our strongest writers, most ambitious reporting, and award-winning storytelling about the outdoors.

My Journey to Scotland's Most Remote Pub

For decades, the Old Forge was the holy grail of the British outdoors community. The UK's remotest pub, it could only be reached via boat or a three-day walk through one of Britain's last true wildernesses, the Knoydart peninsula in Scotland. A dispute between some locals and a new owner threatened the legend—until they decided to open up a pub of their own.

Oliver Smith
Jan 15, 2020

The Bizarre Bank Robbery That Shook an Arctic Town

As one of the northernmost settlements on earth, the Norwegian hamlet of Longyearbyen has become a magnet for adventurous souls looking to start a new life. But when an unsettling crime happened, it brought home a harsh reality: in the modern world, trouble always finds you.

David Kushner
Jan 13, 2020

Rickey Gates Is the Rambling Poet of the Running World

It's not easy to make a living as a professional mountain runner, but the globe-trotting Coloradan is doing it on his own terms. We sent our writer on a weeklong bus trip with Gates (and a bunch of sweaty strangers) to find out more.

Martin Fritz Huber
Jan 9, 2020

I Loved Bike Touring—Until I Got Paid to Do It

Seduced by the idea of turning my hobby into a paycheck, I led bike tours across the U.S. throughout my twenties. As I learned, some passion pursuits are best left pro bono.

Caitlin Giddings
Dec 30, 2019