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During the phenomenon of polar night, parts of the Arctic don’t see the sun for weeks or months at a time. The darkness drives some people insane, but for others, it opens a gateway into wonder and peace.

After a terrible diagnosis forced me to slow down, I learned how to relate differently to the wild—and myself. 

Pet adoptions spiked during the pandemic. Now is the time to change outdoor dog culture for the benefit of people, public lands, wildlife, and the dogs themselves. 

Outside correspondent Kate Siber learned to reinhabit her body by being outdoors. But she didn’t expect that healing would also bring a new perspective on nature itself. 

With 'The Forests of California,' naturalist and artist Obi Kaufmann aims to deepen environmental literacy. He also argues that this cataclysmic time is an opportunity.

Ida Pfeiffer sailed the oceans, trekked through jungles, and scaled peaks, becoming one of the most famous women in Europe in the early 1800s   

How one nonprofit is working to get more people outside through urban adventures

Healthy and convenient or too good to be true? Our writer sampled a dozen of the most popular brands to find out.

A growing number of insurance carriers are encouraging us via cold, hard cash to get after it in nature

America’s grandest public lands have a big role to play in our health

Nature’s healing power may be in its ability to blow our minds

After a mental-health breakdown, Mexia grew obsessed with plants in her fifties and became one of the early 20th century’s great botanical collectors

Mary Austin wrote about the Mojave as brilliantly as John Muir wrote about the Sierra. Why was she forgotten? 

A new study prompted misguided reports suggesting that digital technology is just fine for kids. It isn’t.

Nearly a century ago, a small group of women pilots flew terrifying early airplanes, broke flying records, and raced—and beat—male pilots in air races

In 2017, the suicide rate in Durango, Colorado, was three times the national average. After 32 deaths in two years, the town's leaders banded together and instituted a range of changes with the goal of stopping the contagion. Their efforts may help other mountain towns to put an end to the grim "suicide belt" moniker for good.

Lucy Walker was the first woman to summit the Matterhorn and the Eiger—in a billowing dress—but she nearly vanished from history

Wilma Rudolph won three Olympic golds and was among the first athletes to use her celebrity to fight for civil rights

Cyclist Tillie Anderson came out of nowhere to shatter records, dominate her competition, and earn the world champion title during the late-19th-century women's racing craze

Pro climber Joe Kinder lost his job for harassing fellow pro Sasha DiGiulian on Instagram. Where do we go from here?

Aimée Crocker sailed across the Pacific, narrowly escaped murder in the jungle, and trounced the sexist and racist norms of her day

It’s hard to make a living from just one thing. The champion middle-distance runner, cofounder of Picky Bars, coach, and mother of two lets us in on how she juggles it all.

Ada Blackjack had no wilderness skills before she was forced to fend for herself on a remote Arctic island—and outlived four male explorers

When she swam the notorious strait in 1926, Ederle beat the times of all the men before her. By two hours. In a violent storm.

In 1905, Mina Hubbard completed the expedition that had killed her husband—and beat the pants off his swaggering rival

With few options for dealing with online harassment, individuals are often left to address it on their own

Caroline Gleich’s Instagram feed is full of epic shots of the pro skier conquering the planet’s hardest lines. But in recent years, it was marred by an ugly shadow: anonymous bullies whose abusive comments left a wake of anxiety and doubt. Then Gleich spoke out about her tormenters—and realized she wasn’t the only adventure athlete being harassed online.

Upscale meditation studios are bringing mindfulness to the masses. Are they also diluting the practice?

Women have come a long way since they were banned from running marathons and competing in ski jumping for fear of damaging their wombs. But pros are still fighting the pay gap on the slopes, trails, and surf breaks.

Just because you’re ready to shack up with your squeeze, don’t assume your best friend is on board

This big next step is thrilling—and perilous. Proceed with caution.

Getting hitched is the ­ultimate excuse to go big on a vacation. Don’t waste it.

As light pollution continues to crowd out the stars, a small group of activists and scientists are examining how it’s damaging humans and wildlife—and what can be done to fix it

And it’s coughing up the cash to make that happen

Webcams have changed the way we interact with the wild

And Charles Lindbergh’s grandson thinks he’s found a quieter way to fly

A user's list for all the travel, fun, and affiliated delights you can cram into a year

Webcams now broadcast the intimate lives of bears, wolves, and other wild animals around the world, to hundreds of thousands of eager viewers. Whether that’s beneficial to conservation efforts is up for debate.

This is a longterm relationship that will have a major impact on your lifestyle. It pays to choose wisely.

You don't have to live in a mountain town to pursue a life of adventure. Presenting the life-changing strategies urban dwellers can adopt to play harder.

This year, go beyond Daytona Beach to surf Puerto Rico, fish the Bahamas, or explore an Ecuadorean rainforest. (Don't worry, skiers—there's neck-deep powder here for you, too.)

What you need to know about the change in the frequent flier program.

On the 100th anniversary of Ernest Shackleton's legendary expedition, a writer retraces the explorer's steps to one of the cruelest, most gorgeous wildernesses on earth.

These ground-tested strategies will help you conquer every last weekend.

7 breathtaking trips that will leave you fit

Can guidebook companies survive in the digital age? We take a look and try some new alternatives

Your perfect summer vacation may be just around the corner.

Classic American adventures with great meals

Experience the aurora borealis at Chena Hot Springs Resort

Inside OAR Northwest's state-of-the-art, 30-foot Woodvale Ocean 4 rowboat, the James Robert Hanssen

Ocean rowing, once an adventure sideshow, is on the rise thanks to new technology that has made record-setting crossings easier—and high-stakes rescues inevitable

Frigid temperatures, biting wind, blowing snow—if you’re well outfitted, it doesn’t really matter.

Fall is here, and the temps are dropping—time to pick a fresh new adventure in the American Southwest

The stablest country in the Middle East also makes for the most action-packed getaway

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2012 Summer Buyer's Guide, including the Oakley carry-on roller bag.

Ease your load with these packs, including the Gregory Sage 45, which testers loved for its back panel, which perfectly fits the lumbar spine; the North Face Minera 30, a simple daypack with a widely adjustable chest strap and lightweight hipbelt; and the Black Diamond Onyx 75, a no-frills, long-haul, remarkably light pack.

The wildest places to sample the country’s best brews

Globe-trotters: we've got you covered. Our 2012 Travel Awards honor the best destinations on seven continents—everything from idyllic beach escapes to camping safaris in Kenya to a mountain-bike expedition in Tibet. Plus: Outside-endorsed outfitters, adventure insurance, and more.

Outside picks the essential tech tools, including the OtterBox Defenders Series case.

We break down the best sites, Facebook and Twitter accounts, and apps for travelers, bikers, gear nerds, and more

La Niña means a long, hard winter—just how we like it. Take advantage by basing yourself at one of these nine Outside-approved adventure lodges.

You're ready to act on those good intentions, but how do you know the organizations you're backing deserve your trust? Here are the 30 best—smartly managed groups with transparent financials, efficient spending, and track records of on-the-ground success.

A five-step strategy for landing your dream job in the action-sports or outdoor industries

Even if you're not a professional climber or cyclist, there are ways to get in on the action.

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2011 Summer Buyers Guide, including the Camelbak Aventura.

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2011 Summer Buyers Guide, including the REI Endeavor Pants.

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2011 Summer Buyers Guide, including the Black Diamond Distance FL Poles.

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2011 Summer Buyers Guide, including the Oakley Miss Conduct Sunglasses.

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2011 Summer Buyers Guide, including the Princeton Tec Byte Headlamp.

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2011 Summer Buyers Guide, including the Osprey Verve 13 backpack.

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2011 Summer Buyers Guide, including the Marmot Freya 35 backpack.

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2011 Summer Buyers Guide, including the REI Crestrail 65 backpack.

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2011 Summer Buyers Guide, including the Eagle Creek Salta Vita.

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2011 Summer Buyers Guide, including the Timbuk2 Candybar backpack.

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2011 Summer Buyers Guide, including the Merrell Avian Light Sport Hikers.

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2011 Summer Buyers Guide, including the First Ascent by Point 6 Lightweight Hiking Socks.

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2011 Summer Buyers Guide, including the Outdoor Research Echo Duo Tee.

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2011 Summer Buyers Guide, including the Ibex Shak Lite Half Zip Long-Sleeve.

We've got your all-access pass to summer: 21 DIY and outfitted adventures guaranteed to recharge for less than $500*. Just pick one—or five—and leave your lawnmower behind. *Transportation not included

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