Published

It was a roller coaster of a summer for Alaska's most controversial extraction project. In July, it looked all but certain that the salmon-threatening proposal would get its first federal permit. But then things took a surprising turn.

Swiss footwear company On Running is betting on it

After a breaching humpback nearly landed on Tom Mustill's kayak, the wildlife filmmaker became consumed with trying to understand the massive mammal. The result is PBS's ‘The Whale Detective.’

A new documentary on PBS's 'Independent Lens' chronicles the incredible life of George Attla, an icon of the dogsled world who dominated the sport while preserving a dying tradition

Caroline Van Hemert recounts an epic North American journey in her memoir 'The Sun Is a Compass.' But it's a lot more than just a gripping ride-along.

The new National Geographic series, narrated by Bear Grylls, doesn’t sugarcoat the harsh reality that critters face in the far reaches of the world

Doug Bock Clark’s deeply reported book immerses readers in a society that still relies on whale hunts for sustenance, while adapting to the creeping influences of modernity

Carl Hoffman's latest book explores two lives and the surprising way in which they began to interact

One of the most contentious environmental fights of the past 30 years is suddenly back in the news, now that EPA head Scott Pruitt is poised to withdraw measures protecting the bay's storied salmon runs

A close examination of the president's recent trip to the state reveals that he made some inroads, even with those who balk at his progressive environmental agenda

'Sunshine Superman' traces the rise and fall of a BASE-jumping pioneer

Unknown outside of the Yosemite orbit, Dean Potter’s frequent flying partner was an accomplished climber and BASE jumper

Three men BASE jumped from the One World Trade Center in September 2013. Six months later they were arrested. Their ongoing—and, many would say, harsher than necessary—legal battle raises the question: How serious a crime is leaping off a building?

Never-before-seen footage sheds fascinating new light on the heir who went missing in 1961—and the man who set out on a quixotic quest to unravel the mystery

The bold move ostensibly protects one of the world’s most productive fisheries. But the bay’s most pressing threat remains: the Pebble Mine.

One of the boldest skiers of our time, Shane McConkey left behind a wife, a daughter, and one of the sport's greatest legacies. Now a new documentary shares intimate details of his life. We talk to his widow, Sherry McConkey, about the film and their time together.

The Environmental Protection Agency just released its long-awaited study of the potential effects of the proposed—and highly controversial—Pebble Mine on Alaska's watershed and famed salmon, but the conclusions, tepid as they are, probably won't please either side

Make your next fishing trip to Alaska memorable with a stay at one of these resorts.

Shane McConkey was already one of the most influential skiers in the world, changing everything from the shape of our boards to the way we ski powder. But when he learned to fly—combining skiing, BASE jumping, and wingsuits with spectacular results—he found his true obsession. Then one jump went horribly wrong.

In one corner of Alaska's Bristol Bay, the sockeye salmon, a $300 million resource that's sustained fishermen like 29-year-old captain Lindsey Bloom for more than 100 years. In the other, the Pebble Mine, with its projected hundreds of billions in copper and gold. Get ready for the fiercest wilderness rumble since ANWR.

For my first TV project, I traveled to New Guinea for the Travel Channel to investigate a deadly mystery and swim with sharks, crocodiles, and snakes. Which was a lot less scary than getting in front of the camera.

Imagine getting off a plane straight out of a sci-fi movie, borrowing an electric car like a library book, and cruising a metropolis reverse-engineered to be as cozy as an Old World hamlet. All this and more is right around the corner.

You don't need to have billions or hold office to make a big difference. Just check out how this year's nine eco-all-stars—from a Chilean dam buster to a snowboarder who's seen the light—are changing the world.

Overrun with linebacker types who can't hack the training, recruiters for the Navy SEALs are targeting X Gamers and endurance athletes. Because who wouldn't want Lance Armstrong on the front lines?

Leonardo DiCaprio's new documentary aims to shock us into saving the planet. Will viewers show up?

Finding uncrowded bliss from Olympic to Acadia

There’s something sublime about a dip in a natural swimming hole, be it a lazy oxbow in a cool river, a hillside nook fed by a subterranean hot-spring, or a limestone bowl bored out by a 40-foot waterfall. “The swimming hole is the perfect outdoor experience,” says Pancho Doll, author…

Meet 23 real-world leaders building a future where SUVs run on algae, skyscrapers have the carbon footprints of toolsheds, conservation is a religious imperative, and inconvenient truths have very profitable solutions. True Colors How did Arnold Schwarzenegger, a red governor in America's biggest blue state, win reelection? Simple: He mapped…

For our May 2007 Dream Jobs package, “No Work and All Play…,” contributor Tim Sohn wrote about Gus Speth, a true action hero of the green movement. Here, read an unabridged introduction to Sohn’s article, and a full interview transcript.

Does "X" really mark the spot?

Who can resist a good mystery, the kind that leaves you both rattled and baffled? Certainly not us. So it's with sinister pleasure that we bring you 13 tales of unrighteous deeds, inexplicable vanishings, supernatural weirdness, and the stuff that nightmares are made of.

Did Alaska's frigid waters take another life?

Untold riches may lie hidden in Arizona.

A baby goes missing in the Australian outback.

A fateful trek into nature's tangled labyrinth

Did Cesare Maestri ever really summit the famed Patagonia peak?

A lost legend—was it suicide or murder?

Survivors from Everest '96 recall a day of terror and confusion that many still believe was distorted in ways that oversimplified complex events and dishonored the dead.

Straighten up with a lesson from Superman's posture coach

Want real results? A new regimen sheds pounds, builds strength, and shortens your workout time.

BASE jumper Miles Daisher wants to throw himself off a deliriously high bridge in Idaho, crawl his way back to the top, and repeat—50 times in 24 hours. On the way to this fearless destiny, he convinces TIM SOHN to fling himself off the bridge, too. A look inside the death-defying world of BASE jumping, where extremely dumb is vying to be the new smart.

Welcome to Croatia, the melting pot of hot. Where East meets West, the old is new, the young are worldly-wise, the wilds are pristine, and the 20th-century shadows of war are giving way to a hip and happening 21st-century place to find peace.

See the archive