The Art of the Campfire Story

Is the age-old craft of oral storytelling going by the wayside? Not if we can help it.

Plots & Tales

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With a little planning and the right gear, it’s easier than ever to whip up tasty meals on your next overlanding adventure

Outdoor guides from across the globe told us their favorite fireside tales—prepare to be spooked and inspired

Maren Horjus

A sneaky ghost is good. A real mystery backed up by history is even better.


Night comes alive when you let your voice and imagination lead you—and your rapt audience—somewhere surprising


These spooky tales will make you feel like you're out in the backwoods—almost

Runner Dylan Bowman​​​​​​ recounts a harrowing tale in which he faced off with a yellow Lab in the midst of a 100-mile race

Jeff Provenzano narrates a wingsuit flight that resulted in a $5,000 helicopter-rescue bill

Carson Storch recounts a near disastrous run-in with a bear in the Yukon during a mountain-bike and raft trip down the Tatshenshini River

Scenes & Settings


They're a connection to our wildest selves


Step one: know the conditions and whether fires are actually allowed where you're camping


There's time for one or two more gatherings around the flames before summer is officially over. Here are some libations to end the season right.


From a $25 grill to a genius s'mores contraption, this gear will take your fire pit nights to the next level

Do it poorly—or not at all—and you could start the next catastrophic wildfire