Twelve testers put 33 boots to rock, dirt, and sand. These nine vaulted to the top.
Lots of people struggle to find new friends for outdoor activities. But taking initiative (and acknowledging your awkwardness) goes a long way.
I think he’s overreacting, and it feels embarrassing
Whether they’re for yourself or for someone else, here are some tips for taking NSFW photos in nature
My sport is a huge part of my identity, but I’m not as good as I hoped I’d be. What if this is my peak?
5 tips to help you feel less critical and embrace your body
He’s a big fan of survival shows, and I have a hunch he’s trying to recreate one on our trips
I used to be the life of the party, but now I’m having trouble meeting people
Our difference in perspective is causing tension as we plan the next big adventure
What do you do when the mind wants to heal but the body has other ideas?
I want to add a storage unit, but he says it will sully the view
Tips on getting to the other side
I know he means well, but I hate to see him waste money on something I'm not that into
My friend is building a yurt and asked me to live with him, but I’ve always thought there might be something more between us
Traveling with a mix of people can lead to tension. Here’s how to defuse a tough situation.
In an excerpt from ‘Small Game,‘ her first novel, Outside contributing editor Blair Braverman introduces a cast of characters who will be dropped in a remote landscape for a survival competition. An ominous future awaits them.
He likes to cozy up to animals and take their pictures. I prefer to keep my distance.
From herding to hammering, this rough and tumble gear is just as capable as you
I think she may be in it for appearances. Plus, I really miss paper towels.
When it feels like each choice leads you down a different path, it can be challenging to choose one at all
We worked seasonal jobs to make enough money to spend the rest of our time traveling and feared a white-picket-fence life. But now they've all put down roots, and I still have the same lifestyle.
She wants to show me the ropes. I want to cheer her on from the sidelines. What should I do?
Is one person’s way of having fun inherently better?
And what to do when your girlfriend won't hike with you but plans to hit the trails with her friend
You've spent ages preparing for a trip, but now it's right around the corner and you're having second thoughts
Weight-loss discussion in outdoor forums can inadvertently reinforce the idea that there's a "correct" kind of outdoors body. What should you post about where?
“I went into this relationship happy to share my experience with someone new to the sport, but lately I just feel like an unpaid guide when what I want is a partner”
“She had such a cute face,“ he said
It doesn't matter why he's not showing up. It just matters that he's not there.
My buddy switched the price tags on a tent to pay a lower amount on a more expensive setup. I was unaware, and now I feel terrible.
If chronic overthinking is getting in the way of your next adventure, ask yourself these two questions
I took my dream job in a foreign place. I'm worried about leaving my local woods behind and connecting with a new landscape overseas. Help?
I’ve lived in a van for a year. It sucks, and now I’m ready to change things up.
On February 3rd, a moose charged and trampled Bridgett Watkins' dog team near Fairbanks, Alaska when they were on a training run to prepare for the Iditarod. Here's what happened in her words, as told to Blair Braverman.
I’m on a quest to learn to love the body I’m in but afraid to push my limits outside
I want to thru-hike part of the AT or PCT, but I’m the main caregiver in my household
I’m not convinced I can be with someone who isn’t into the same kind of adventures as me
Watching your dog age is one of the hardest parts of having a pet. Make their life comfortable and full of joy, and they’ll know how much you love them until the very end.
Tips for being a backpacking beginner and a woman adventuring alone
Go sledding, slow cook a hearty stew, sip on a rich cup of hot cocoa. Just because the days are shorter and colder doesn’t have to mean they’re any less fun.
People are disabled in countless different ways, so there are few practical tips that will apply to everyone. Yet a few key things can improve your experience.
When you get creative with natural materials in parks, some call it art; others call it litter
Working as a camp counselor teaches you important skills that could jump-start your career
What to do if you followed your dream, only to realize it wasn’t what you wanted after all
How to balance freedom and adventure with safety and security
If you sent me this question before the pandemic, I probably would have a very different answer. But we’re all in a different time now.
Stellar gear for hard chores
Please give me some kind of hope that I’m not raising a kid who always will prefer computers to canoes
The outdoors are all around you, no matter where you live
Your style, no matter the reason, is your choice. Period.
Breathable, stink-free, and softer with wear. What's not to love?
Smart tips to make sure your new adventure partner has a blast and feels welcome outside
Being rusty now doesn’t mean you’ll be rusty forever
Your partner’s planning an epic adventure with his ex, but you’d rather be his go-to travel buddy
Two versatile, go-anywhere dresses that are practical before all else
Challenge yourself, choose your own pace, and embrace nature all by yourself
And what to do when your fitness level doesn’t match your adventure partner’s
You’re dead set on walking every inch of a trail, but your partner doesn’t mind skipping a section or two. How do you compromise?
One team of sled dogs. Twenty tested toys. Three standouts.
Tips for calming your own nerves—and those of people who love you
If you can get past the lack of creature comforts, spending a night outside might be one of the most rewarding things you do
Camping solo may not always be easy, but it'll always be worth it
If you're just getting started on the trails, don't be overwhelmed. This 101 guide breaks down where to go, what to wear, and everything you need to know to stay safe and have fun out there.
It's time to stop judging people for how they recreate outside
Tools to give anyone a green thumb
What to do when a significant other, or a friend, doesn't respect your decisions
What to do when you can’t be active in the same way
It might seem embarrassing at first, but putting a costume on your dog will likely result in more pets for him and more laughs for you
You’re actively running and cycling, but your partner’s on the sidelines. Here are tips on coping with this challenging dynamic.
It's not just about saying you're sorry. You should also explain how you'll do better next time.
It feels like you're wearing a pile of sleeping puppies, and the puppies are all dreaming about lambs
The key to an adventure that's fun for everyone: lower your expectations, squash insecurities, and bring along plenty of creature comforts
Expanding your community is always tough. Throw in a pandemic and a move to a rural area, and it could feel impossible. But a shift in perspective might be all you need to (safely) fill that social void.
Getting outdoors in the winter doesn't have to be miserable. Here, musher Blair Braverman shares her top ten tips for keeping cozy in frigid temperatures.
Feel safe and embrace your time outdoors alone
Goods for when the going gets tough
The key is to go all out on the things you feel comfortable doing
By setting boundaries around what you post, when you're online, and who you surround yourself with in real life, you can strike a better balance between Instagram and reality
Plus, how to make up for missing an important day
What happens when your ski and river guiding partner isn't able to work during the pandemic?