Long Reads

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

The Oddball Chef and His Scheme to Serve You Wild Animals

Joshua Skenes ran one of the most expensive restaurants in San Francisco, with industry accolades and three Michelin stars. Still, he felt unfulfilled. Enter a top ­secret new venture where, if you’re lucky, you can have the best meal of your life for free.

Daniel Duane
Apr 5, 2021

The Search for the Only Park Ranger Who Was Lost and Never Found

Investigators, family, and friends are still trying to close the case of Paul Fugate, a naturalist at Arizona’s Chiricahua National Monument who vanished without a trace in 1980. What keeps them motivated to stick with a mystery that may be unsolvable?

Brendan Borrell
Apr 1, 2021

Life Lessons from a Moab Trailer

What I learned about love, loss, and landscape over two decades of living in a 1961 Artcraft mobile home in the Utah desert

Mark Sundeen
Mar 23, 2021

The Antibody Avenger and the Quest for a COVID-19 Cure

Vaccines are rolling out with increasing speed, but we’ll also need effective treatments, because new coronavirus cases will be a worldwide reality for years to come. Enter Jacob Glanville, a maverick San Francisco immunologist who believes he’s found an unparalleled path to healing.

Kyle Dickman
Mar 4, 2021

Welcome to the World’s Most Exclusive Eco-Resort

In 1967, Marlon Brando bought a tiny atoll near Tahiti with the aim of preserving it as a tropical paradise. That effort continues, supported by a resort where Beyoncé, Obama, and other big shots chill next to a stunning private lagoon. Hampton Sides went there to meet with scientists and splash around an eco-fantasy island.

Hampton Sides
Mar 1, 2021

The Final Descent of Dean Cummings

From the outside, things seemed perfect for the former world extreme skiing champion: he had a family, a successful guiding business, and unending adventure out his front door in Valdez, Alaska. But something dark festered beneath the surface.

Devon O’Neil
Feb 22, 2021

The Fierce Competition of Top Athletes for Expedition Funding

The company sponsors some of the best athletes in the world, from Emily Harrington to Alex Honnold, all of whom are vying for a slice of the brand’s annual budget to support their expeditions. The process can be as competitive as getting into an Ivy League university—except, if approved, the athletes are often taking on death-defying adventures.

Frederick Reimers
Feb 17, 2021

Tim Cook Pivots to Fitness

Why Apple’s CEO wants to make health and wellness the company’s greatest legacy

Michael Roberts
Feb 10, 2021