We took the new rig on an off-roading backcountry camping trip. You could say it went well.
And there’s no end in sight
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.
But good luck getting a dose
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.
Sasquatch “seekers” have gone high-tech. Here are the five new devices they’re using to capture that snap of folklore’s most elusive beast.
Jacques Cousteau’s grandson, who stars in an upcoming “Shark Week” special, talks about ocean exploration in the 21st century, carrying on his grandfather’s legacy, and what we can learn from nuclear sharks
About 100 people in the U.S. drown after being sucked out to sea in rips each year, and new research has experts arguing over how best to escape them. Australia has figured it out, why haven’t we?
A young man who died this month in a boiling hot spring in Norris Geyser Basin is just the latest casualty of the park’s main attraction
Carbon capture and storage is getting better. But is it too little, too late?
Ten or so percent of it, anyway
NASA crunched the numbers on 16 years of lightning strike data
EPA district administrator Jared Blumenfeld talks about why he’s escaping it all, and how to be a pescatarian on the 2,650-mile trail
The forgotten history of Brazil’s mosquito wars—the greatest public health victory you’ve never heard of
Surf breaks around the world are becoming more and more crowded, with people elbowing their way onto waves. Maybe local gangs like the Lunada Bay Boys are onto something.
Experts are training the vicious wild animals to sniff out avalanche victims—without mauling them to death
Whirlpools, piranhas, and malaria don’t even make the list
A mysterious plague that one expert calls “tree Ebola” threatens to wipe out the islands’ iconic ohia forests—and no one knows how to stop it
How do you start a new sport from scratch? A former Tough Mudder executive and other entrepreneurs around the world are about to find out.
As the Yosemite trademark case drags on, California legislators look to take a stand
The highly anticipated Mavericks surfing contest has been nixed this weekend even as epic waves roll into Northern California's coast. Blame the Super Bowl.
Underwater noise pollution is causing measurable harm to whales’ abilities to reproduce and navigate. A team of researchers proposes quiet zones as a solution.
Our continued fascination with the highest mountain on earth spawns a virtual reality “experience”
Avian enthusiasts around the country are speaking out, penning op-eds, and even threatening Ammon Bundy and his Sagebrush compadres to get them to leave Malheur National Wildlife Refuge
Trevor Thomas lost his sight as a young man, but that hasn’t stopped him from turning pro as a long-distance hiker. His insights will give you a whole new perspective on the outdoors.
Ian McIntosh did everything right—whether he meant to or not
All the outdoor access in the world doesn't mean much if your job keeps you chained to a desk with no time to enjoy it. So to find the best places to work in the U.S. in 2015 and 2016, we started by creating five company categories that reflect Outside's values and focus: Gear, Adventure & Travel,…
Even if you don't believe in campfire stories about ghosts and aliens, you can get your fill of fright with a haunted pre-trick-or-treat hike this Halloween.
It was the biggest set ever built for a Hollywood film in the 1920s, and then it was buried in the sands of the California Coast. The real story begins when a young filmmaker embarks on a decades-long attempt to excavate it.
The new film from Sweetgrass Productions shows you what it's like to pedal through a rattlesnake-infested desert—in the middle of the night
We asked a great white expert to explain the pro surfer’s terrifying encounter at Jeffreys Bay
A proposal to protect the remaining wild animals from poachers by marketing fake horn instead of the real thing sounds promising. But conservationists worry it'll only make the problem worse.
A new film looks at the world of competitive skydiving and the people who spend all their free time falling out of the sky.
Jimmy Chin’s documentary on scaling the Shark’s Fin may be the best climbing movie of the year—only it’s not really about the climb.