Peter Metcalf, CEO of Black Diamond, on climbing, keeping your composure, and the nature of pain

When Hurricane Sandy closed in on New york City, the Weather Channel dispatched (who else?) Jim Cantore, the world’s most fearless meteorologist. Nick Heil tagged along for a wet, wild adventure that quickly became something else—a survival challenge in the darkest hours of a killer storm.

This year’s bumper crop of paleo-inspired health, diet, and exercise books is proving that the prehistoric movement is here to stay

Top athletes share their meal strategies

A rare look inside the nutrition lab at the Olympic Training Center reveals how America's best athletes eat to win

To fulfill a longtime dream and honor the memory of a fallen hero, a Turkish-American software engineer decides to circle the earth by bike and rowboat, powered solely by his own muscle, lungs, and heart. A little obsessive? Maybe, but look closely at the journey of Erden Eruc and you’ll see something else: one of the most incredible adventure stories of our ti

Which is a serious problem when you’re the most famous stunt rider on the Internet. But as Nick Heil finds out, the oft-injured Scot is roaring out of rehab to dazzle the world once again.

The arrival of high-altitude helicopters on Mount ­Everest and other Nepalese peaks has transformed search-and-­rescue and saved lives. But the choppers have also ­added to the chaos at the top of the world—and introduced a deadly new brand of danger.

While many gun proponents remain adamant that firearms offer better protection against a charging bear than pepper spray, a growing body of scientific research suggests otherwise

With the 2012 climbing season underway, we look back at some of the most incredible moments to take place on the world's tallest mountain over the last 150 years

With the 2012 climbing season underway, we look back at some of the most incredible moments to take place on the world's tallest mountain over the last 150 years

Eight of the biggest icons in the world Outside offer their hard-earned tips

This past Wednesday, an avalanche in the Wyoming backcountry killed the creator of the popular backcountry skiing blog, A few days before he died, we spoke with Romeo about the growing popularity of backcountry and sidecountry skiing.

A recent spate of avalanche deaths near ski resorts sparked a flurry of media reports, many declaring that so-called sidecountry skiing is becoming an increasingly dangerous pursuit. It's just not that simple.

The smartest, most useful, and most inspiring blogs to keep your winter stoke high

A recent New York Times Magazine story titled "How Yoga Can Wreck Your Body" caused a stir last week, claiming that certain aspects of yoga were too risky for the general population. So should you avoid the fitness routine if you're not a serious athlete?

The masochistic sport of obstacle racing has exploded in popularity. Nick Heil tries to understand why so many are signing up for the misery.

Despite a stellar record of spending cuts, job creation, and balanced budgets—and a world-class adventure résumé that includes an Everest summit—former New Mexico governor Gary Johnson can't get anyone to take his campaign for president seriously. Is it him or us?

He's got the genes and the track record (literally). Can Taylor Phinney become America's next cycling superstar?

Greg Mortenson did it. So Shannon Galpin, a single mom and former Pilates instructor with no humanitarian experience, figured she could, too. She sold her house, started a nonprofit, and flew to Kabul to set up women’s educational and health programs, from scratch, in the world’s most troubled country. The author joined her on her most audacious fundraiser yet.

Will caveman calisthenics be the next big thing for adventure athletes?

The next step in the smartphone revolution? Social fitness.

Maxing out on the weights isn't just for muscleheads. It's the best way to tap into strength you didn't know you had.

For athletes, the flight home is the danger you've been ignoring.

The quickest way to boost your performance in any sport? Drop some gut.

Why are we all suddenly earning money for charity with every race? Because it feels sooo good.

Your body holds power only your brain can unlock. The key? A few awkward contortions—and a lot of concentration.

Identify your fitness flaws and the path to becoming a better athlete will be clear.

When it comes to running footwear, sometimes less is more.

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An old-school move holds the key to unlocking your power; if only you can do it right.

Since being jettisoned from Patagonia's empire twenty years ago, Salt Lake City—based Black Diamond Equipment has prided itself on breaking all the rules. They eschew advertising, take enormous risks, and employ a team of superfit athletes who do their only "market research" skiing and climbing in the Wasatch backcountry. And it's working.

With the help of an NBA star, our man tries out two new fitness tools: a vibrating plate and the TRX Suspension Trainer.

No mountain? No problem. As our man discovered, racing up a skyscraper provides a challenge as daunting as many high peaks.

Want to get in shape on your coffee break? Try insta-workouts—just don't get carried away.

What Twight rails against is mediocrity of effort. I’d drunk heavily from his rancid punch, and in a strange way I looked forward to more.

Inside the maddening new world of online training

Uncle Sam's Presidential Fitness program was once a Herculean feat. Now it endorses video games. When did we go so soft?

Our correspondent tests out one of the wackiest fitness hybrids yet: a full-body-throttling rower on wheels

Spring is here. Time to wipe the cobwebs off your bike, oil your chain, and kick your fitness into a new gear. Here's how.

Put that weekly jog to rest and take your training to a new level with our guide to technique, gear, and recovery

Know why, when, and how to fuel with our complete guide to the athlete's diet

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