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.

The Best Way to See Finland? Ski Finland.

Author and political consultant Stuart Stevens loves a good sufferfest, so he couldn't resist Border to Border: 420 kilometers of nordic sliding through a country that defines what winter is all about

Stuart Stevens
Dec 11, 2019

The 2019 Outsiders of the Year

The athletes, activists, makers, movers, hustlers, and rule breakers who shaped our world this year

The Editors
Dec 9, 2019

Why Mike Posner Walked Across America

Years after he took that pill in Ibiza, Grammy nominee Mike Posner left behind his life in L.A. to go on a 2,851-mile journey in search of... something. Here's what he learned about grief, motivation, struggle, and authenticity.

Caitlin Giddings
Dec 4, 2019

You Won't Pass Chamonix's Mountain-Guiding Test

Le Probatoire is one of the toughest challenges in the outdoors, used for decades to pick alpine professionals in France's legendary hub of glacier skiing, climbing, and deadly terrain. Only the strongest make it, but Simon Akam wonders: Is selection by ordeal still the best way to groom competent guides?

Simon Akam
Nov 27, 2019

I Bought an Elephant to Find Out How to Save Them

At a time of unprecedented mass extinctions, no animal epitomizes the global biodiversity free fall more than the Asian elephant. Paul Kvinta travels to Laos to visit a moon-shot project aimed at saving the country's 400 remaining wild behemoths, investigate the strange underworld of wildlife trafficking—and make a very unexpected purchase.

Paul Kvinta
Nov 12, 2019

Fame, Romance, and a Second Chance on the PCT

Cory McDonald's main goal was to restore his health on the Pacific Crest Trail. Becoming a YouTube star, getting stalked, and meeting the perfect girl were just exhilarating extras.

Taylor Gee
Nov 7, 2019

How Cheap Robots Are Transforming Ocean Exploration

Backed by billionaire philanthropists and Silicon Valley venture capitalists, a wave of entrepreneurs are developing high-tech, low-cost technologies to probe the watery realms we still barely understand. Are the oceans finally getting their moon-shot moment?

Michael Roberts
Nov 5, 2019