The European outdoor-retail behemoth is flooding the U.S. market with $3.50 backpacks. Will wary consumers buy in?

If you've only been following the drama of Scott Pruitt and his replacement at the EPA, you only know half the story. Environmental regulations are under attack all across America, and the siege is just beginning.

It's not just that she's fast—it's that she didn't train at all

The microbes in our digestive systems can affect everything from our mental health to our weight and vulnerability to disease. So why not athletic performance? New science is set to revolutionize the way we eat, train, and live.​

In the name of citizen science, we peered inside the bellies of Outside staff—and seven elite athletes

Wondering how to ensure that your gut is healthy? We're here to answer your most pressing questions.

The ideal healthy-gut diet for performance

The association that manages the West's premier national trail just paid $1.6 million to prevent a property owner from putting up a fence 150 miles shy of the Canadian border

Our favorite free-range, protein-packed, delicious snacks

With advanced gadgets and connectivity, the backyard barbecue has entered the 21st century

A new European carrier takes you to the heart of the Alps. Skis fly free.

A Canadian company is suing Greenpeace for $220 million—and it might have a case

Many assume extreme-sports athletes are, at best, irresponsible and, at worst, suicidal. New psychology research tries to unpack their true motivations.

A former Microsoft CEO launched a new website to answer a single question: What does the federal government really do with the trillions of dollars it spends every year? We wanted to know how much of that is going toward public land and renewables.

Conservationists don’t have enough money to save all the endangered species. How do we decide which ones live and which ones die? A controversial ranking system to answer that question may be coming to the U.S. soon.

For the last 30 years, American Rivers, a nonprofit advocacy group out of Washington, D.C., has been calling attention the plight of the country’s rivers. Today, the group released its annual Most Endangered Rivers report, a catalogue of the ten rivers in America most threatened in 2017.

Legislators are considering sticking out-of-state cyclists and mountain bikers with a $25 fee—and a side of humiliation

A former EPA administrator breaks down what’s at stake with the president’s proposed 31-percent cut to the agency’s budget

In the wake of the widely publicized near-failure of the country’s tallest earthen dam last month, locals in Oroville, California, are wondering how to leverage the disaster as a tourist attraction

A marriage we can all get behind

Don't let rain or snow keep you inside. Tips from pros on how to make the most of the wet seasons.

As ski resorts struggle with warmer, shorter seasons, a team of Norwegian researchers is rolling out new snow machines that help cut back on planet-warming emissions

A new report details how complicated the National Park Service's deferred maintenance backlog really is—and why it shouldn't be used as a political weapon to privatize our parks

The U.K. government recently recognized parkour as a legitimate sport, and is bringing parks to inner cities, schools, and even senior citizens. Why hasn't the U.S. gotten on board?

Love is in the air. So get out there.

A few years back, a contingent of prominent pro surfers took up stand-up paddleboarding in spite of its reputation as a leisure activity of lesser wave riders. Can they convince the curmudgeons the sport deserves respect?

Four takeaways from the administration’s first week

Fine dining on Everest? Only $1,050 per person.

Australian conservationists want to lease animals to private landowners. Environmentalists are not convinced.

We've all read how Google pampers its employees with sleep pods, laundry service, and four-star meals round the clock. That's nothing compared to what other companies are doing to make their employees happy.

More companies are mimicking nature scenes in their offices. But why do that when you can just set up your desk outside?

On his recent trip to the top of the world, polar explorer Eric Larsen didn’t so much hike as fight, slog, and swim. He’s now convinced that his will be one of the last on-foot expeditions to the North Pole.

Get out and explore the country’s weirdest sites with help from Atlas Obscura’s co-founder

Belgian backpacker Louis-Philippe Loncke has taken down Death Valley and just abandoned his attempt to thru-hike Australia’s Simpson Desert. But he’s not done yet.

Deploying genetically modified mosquitoes to stop the spread of Zika is just the tip of the iceberg. Scientists are cooking up all kinds of DNA changes to insects and animals that could benefit humanity.

Kelly Slater is leading the charge to roll out a totally surfable wave pool. Will tech-savvy inventors beat him to it?

An utterly inept man gets lost in the West for 37 days. What happens next is, believe it or not, why America created its first national park.

Inside the weirdly deep, surprisingly fraught field of fish pain

And that's according to some of the very athletes they're trying so desperately to woo

Pilot Fedor Konyukhov touched down in Bonnie Rock, Australia, having circumnavigated the globe in record time

Sasquatch, Yeti, MoMo, Nape—the creature goes by different names around the world. A sort of pseudoscience has emerged to suss out the biology and behavior of this animal. Here’s what it says.

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