Once thought to be basically immortal, giant sequoias are dying in droves as fires burn bigger, hotter, and longer than at any other point in human history. Protecting them is possible, but managing western woods is a Pandora’s box of tough choices.
Kit upgrades for the climb and the descent
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.
One kit to conquer every slope
With a résumé full of wins at kayaking's most prestigious competitions and historic first descents of the planet's deadliest whitewater, Nouria Newman is considered one of the greatest paddlers around. So why can't she turn her passion into a sustainable career?
Because remote, untracked snow is worth the effort
Since 2000, Tim Friede, a truck mechanic from Wisconsin, has endured some 200 snakebites and 700 injections of lethal snake venom—all part of a masochistic quest to immunize his body and offer his blood to scientists seeking a universal antivenom. For nearly two decades, few took him seriously. Then a gifted young immunologist stumbled upon Friede on YouTube—and became convinced that he was the key to conquering snakebites forever.
Inside the most destructive fire in American history—and why the West's cities and towns will keep on burning
One of the worst tragedies in the history of firefighting prompted little change to a culture that regularly puts young lives at risk. A few seasoned veterans are working to fix that.
Because boot-packing takes too long
Fire has always been a part of the landscape. The mistake we made was trying to stop it—something Florida never did.
When Kyle Dickman set out on a month-long road trip with his wife and infant son last spring, he was fueled by a carefree sense of adventure that had defined his entire life. Then he got bit by a venomous snake in a remote area of Yosemite National Park, and the harrowing event changed everything.
New Mexico's Bandelier National Monument holds clues to what may happen to forests affected by massive fires
Breaking down the numbers behind the catastrophic California fires
Two sticks up, one down.
It's destructive, beautiful, and critical for our ecosystem
Trump's executive orders don't have environmental lawyers particularly worried—but that could change depending on how the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals rules on a handful of cases
As the Category Four storm threatened landfall last week, dozens of Urban Search and Rescue teams were deploying from around the country, mobilizing at lightning speed to save residents from the wreckage. Our man embedded with one of these elite squads—and soon learned the logistical nightmare involved with disaster aid on a massive scale.
You don’t need no stinkin’ chairlifts
Team Rubicon began in 2010 with a unique dual mission: providing disaster relief and giving struggling American veterans a vital sense of purpose. The program has a reputation for ignoring best practices and obliterating red tape, and it has already disrupted the aid industry. Now founder Jake Wood wants to take on the Red Cross.
Easier climbing equals more downhill
Snowboarding: A snowsports alternative to skiing.
Spork: An eating utensil that adds fork tines to a spoon and never fails to amuse its users.
SUP: Short for stand-up paddle-board, a stable floating platform that combines the cool of surfing with the practicality of a spin workout.
Tech binding: A lightweight binding system that transformed backcountry skiing and put telemarking on the path to obsolescence.
Teva sandal: A water shoe that came to define a generation of river athletes.
Tough-ass pants: A term for rugged work trousers that are particularly good at handling abuse.
Utility bike: A bicycle built for hauling children, gear, or grocery bags full of organic quinoa and local honey.
Therm-a-Rest: The first mass-market inflatable sleeping pad.
Thule: A company founded by Swedish outdoorsman Erik Thulin, originally to make fishing gear.
Double Vacuum: A technology dating back to 1892 that suspends one container inside another, leaving a small amount of air between the two to insulate the inner contents from external temperature changes.
Caves, tepees, wall tents, those green canvas triangles that caused hypothermia in so many Boy Scouts—in one form or another, ideas borrowed from these flawed shelters appear in their modern descendents.
Vasque Sundowner: A svelte hiking boot that serves as a testament to how well-made products can endure despite evolving design trends.
Velcro: A two-piece fastening material that features hooks on one side and a swath of loops on the other.
Vibram: A vulcanized-rubber sole that revolutionized footwear.
Doug Tompkins: Businessman and crusading conservationist who cofounded the North Face and Esprit.
Suunto Vector: The original smartwatch.
A bindingless monoski invented in 1965.
A packable device producing fire for camp cooking.
A pioneering social-fitness app released in 2009.
Tenth Mountain Division: An Army outfit specializing in mountain warfare, devised during World War II around the idea that it was easier to make troops out of skiers than skiers out of troops.
A former firefighter himself, former 'Outside' editor Kyle Dickman retells the story of the tragic 2013 Yarnell Hill Fire in Arizona in his new book.
Wildfire season is getting longer, scarier, and more dangerous. Here's what you need to know and how to prepare.
Clip sparks debate over response time
Officials have released a detail analysis of the deadly fire that killed 19 elite hotshots. Although much has been previously reported, the document offers a few revelations. Here’s what you need to know.
On the morning of June 30, all 20 members of Prescott, Arizona's Granite Mountain Hotshots headed into the mountains to protect the small town of Yarnell from an advancing blaze. Later that day, every man but one was dead. Through interviews with family, colleagues, and the lone survivor, a former hotshot pieces together their final hours—and the fatal choices
These are the best places to live in America.
Why were 19 experienced firefighters killed when an Arizona blaze blew out of control? Equally important: Can we prevent such a disaster from ever happening again?
Fighting the Yarnell Hill Fire
Norway has everything the alps does—towering mountains, five-star restaurants, loads of culture. You also get fjords, glaciers, epic whitewater, and a few thousand polar bears.
Drought and climate change have turned western forests into firebombs that go off every summer. Even with new technology, the essential weapon in the fight against flame are the Hotshots, an elite group of wilderness first responders who head straight for the heat.
Nothing beats the original.
A Depression-era insulating material is becoming the hottest thing in outerwear
The Qrave isn't flashy but has plenty of steak-searing power.
From crabbing off a dock to the second half of Buried in the Sky
Outside reviews the best gear from SIA's 2013 Snow Show, including the Rossignol Soul 7.
Outside reviews the best gear from SIA's 2013 Snow Show, including the Scott LCG.
Outside reviews the best gear from Outdoor Retailer's 2013 Winter Show, including the Backcountry Access BC Link.
Outside reviews the best gear from Outdoor Retailer's 2013 Winter Show, including the Vapur MicroFilter.
Outside reviews the best gear from Outdoor Retailer's 2013 Winter Show, including the K2 Snowboarding Kwicker System.
As backcountry skiing has boomed, so has splitboarding. In the past five years, participation has quadrupled, and companies from Black Diamond to Burton to K2 have tossed their hats into the ring with split-specific gear.
Watch Lucas Brunelle's controversial documentary about the world of alley cat racing
Fall is here, and the temps are dropping—time to pick a fresh new adventure in the American Southwest
Watch Dan Ransom's 22-minute film about canyoneer Richard Rudow's exploration of an undiscovered slot in the Grand Canyon.
From sharks and cougars to avalanches and frozen waters, four survivors share their stories in their own words. Plus: expert commentary.
Colorado's hugely destructive Waldo Canyon fire is still burning and politicians are trying to capitalize on the disaster. Please, knock it off.
Nikon D4 Camera
From paddling to biking to hiking, here are the top spots from Nova Scotia to the Northwest Territories
Short conversations with the world's most interesting people
April Vokey’s crusade to save a foundering sport
Our editors' favorite movies from this year's Mountainfilm in Telluride
From GoPros to iPhones, cameras are everywhere. But that doesn’t mean the demise of “real” cameras, as some have predicted. Instead, manufacturers have responded to the proliferation of do-everything smartphones by continuing to improve image quality while simultaneously piling on the best features that can dream up.
Make the most of the warmer months with these weekend itineraries
Surfer Mark Visser has a can’t-miss formula for becoming cable’s next action hero: crazy stunts, against-the-odds luck, and a growing Internet fan base. So why isn’t it working?
A multimedia guide to seven of North America’s best adventure destinations—featuring Duct Tape Then Beer’s new videos series
Our experts break down the science behind five environmental conundrums
Richard Jeo, 43, Portland, Oregon
Cliff Hodges, 31, Santa Cruz, California
A closer look at Brain Farm's high-tech arsenal.
Should Portland have drained its reservoir after a drunk, 21-year-old man peed in it?