Outside Features

Jordan Hasay Will Outrun You. While Smiling.

Jordan Hasay Will Outrun You. While Smiling.

Until recently, the Nike track star seemed destined for burnout. But last year in Boston, after a wave of disappointing races and a personal tragedy, she ran a record-shattering debut marathon. Will the new distance of 26.2 miles save her career?

The Surfer Who Swapped Waves for Humanitarian Aid

The Surfer Who Swapped Waves for Humanitarian Aid

Former pro Jon Rose was chasing the biggest swells in Sumatra when the 2009 earthquake hit, and he spent the next decade providing clean water in remote disaster zones. Last fall his Waves for Water crew was in Saint Croix when Hurricane Maria struck, so the team did what came naturally: got to work.

Get a Degree in Gear at Utah State University

Get a Degree in Gear at Utah State University

At USU, students in the country’s first program for gear designers aren’t just learning how to sew a bestselling jacket. They’re being groomed to lead the industry’s next big political and environmental fights.

Get Schooled in the No-Nonsense Art of Survival

Get Schooled in the No-Nonsense Art of Survival

Students in the Extreme Polar Training course, a two-week freeze-fest held near the Arctic Circle on Canada's Baffin Island, learn how to live in Earth's coldest conditions. Still, nothing really prepares you for 72 hours of a sled-pulling, pathfinding ordeal on a skinny pair of skis.

Hostile Environment

Hostile Environment

An Outside investigation of sexual harassment in outdoor workplaces, where unwanted advances, discrimination, and assault are a frequent and destructive occurrence for far too many women

A Father's Last Shot at Cheating Death

A Father's Last Shot at Cheating Death

During 40 years of adventure, hard-charging writer and climber Mark Jenkins has asked a lot of his wife and kids. After his fourth attempt on a dicey Chinese peak, he examines the risks and rewards of a risk-defying career.

The Freedom of Paragliding with Quadriplegia

The Freedom of Paragliding with Quadriplegia

Matt Thomas was a world-class kayaker who got paralyzed in a mountain-bike accident. His friend Joe Jackson moved in for a demanding stint as a caregiver. Outdoor sports were off the table, of course—until Thomas heard about paragliding.

Does Your Gut Hold the Secret to Performance?

Does Your Gut Hold the Secret to Performance?

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.​

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