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This year, three new adventure sports will make their debut in Tokyo. Prepare yourself for the action with these books, documentaries, and more.

In a new short-story collection by Claire Boyles, we meet characters struggling with family, health troubles, and environmental issues in the West

The country singer-songwriter talks to Outside about the restorative power of nature, the unexpected blessings of quarantine, and the origins of his album ‘Country Again: Side A’

Oprah’s interview with Elliot Page, a history of the national park system centering Indigenous perspectives, and more

From ‘Naked and Afraid’ to ‘Running Wild with Bear Grylls,’ these are our picks for the most riveting adventure series on TV

The superstar country singer realized he needs to chase adventure every day—and then turn it into music

Journalist Emma Marris’s new book, ‘Wild Souls,’ asks us to reconsider our relationship to the nonhuman world

Claire Nelson’s memoir, ‘Things I Learned from Falling,’ describes how a spill from atop a 25-foot boulder in Joshua Tree National Park changed her life

This season’s best new podcasts include a thoughtful true-crime show set in Malibu and a history of climbing hosted by Alex Honnold

By valuing relatability over action shots, TikTok may be ushering in a new era of outdoor creators and celebrities

In ‘Camping Grounds,’ Phoebe S.K. Young reminds us that sleeping outdoors is far more than just a recreational hobby

‘The Great Pottery Throw Down,’ an eye-opening anthology about climate change, and an Oscar-winning film starring Mads Mikkelsen

Show your pride outside during the month of June for a chance to win $2,300 in prizes

If you can’t make the in-person showings in Colorado, you can stream these new adventure films from your living room

In their Outside TV series, Mike Chambers and Jason Antin take on crazy adventures between Friday evening and Monday morning, inspiring the rest of us to do more with our Saturdays and Sundays, too

In an excerpt from his latest book, ‘Freedom,’ the celebrated nonfiction writer describes a journey along Pennsylvania’s train tracks with friends he met while reporting on the war in Afghanistan

This month, Roger Deakin’s cult-favorite book about swimming the waters of Britain will be published in the U.S. for the first time. In her introduction to the new edition, writer Bonnie Tsui reflects on what she’s learned from it over the years.

In an excerpt from his book ‘Chasing the Thrill: Obsession, Death, and Glory in America’s Most Extraordinary Treasure Hunt,’ journalist and searcher Daniel Barbarisi recounts how he got to open Fenn’s chest and examine what was inside

Elizabeth Kolbert and Nathaniel Rich, environmental writers par excellence, survey human solutions to the human-caused mess we’re in

The bestselling author’s latest novel was informed by years of researching the history of female aviation and traveling to far-flung places

In her new memoir, 'The Secret to Superhuman Strength,' the 'Fun Home' cartoonist scrutinizes her quest for spiritual solace through 60 years of athletic obsessions

‘The Good Lord Bird,’ Mary Ruefle, and a podcast that breaks down the Olivia Rodrigo power ballad ‘Driver’s License’

After more than a year of pandemic living, let us remember why it’s worth getting out there

How the team behind David Attenborough’s new Netflix series captured a fight sequence between two poison dart frogs

‘Girls Gotta Eat Dirt’ isn’t your typical #inspirational stoke video

In Ours, a digital exhibition for the New Museum, artist Samuel Marion imagines a not too distant future in which outdoor brands use slick advertising to mask more sinister aims

‘The Third Pole,’ ‘See You Tomorrow,’ and ‘The Next Everest’ offer a compelling tour of the mountain’s recent history, from snowboard descents in the early 2000s to the deadly earthquake of 2015

Marine biologists aren’t impressed with Netflix’s hit documentary on ocean conservation. They recommended some other films on the subject for us.

An outdoor art exhibition in California’s Coachella Valley tackles subjects like Indigenous land rights, migration, and embodied memory

In his new book, ‘The Nation of Plants,’ botanist Stefano Mancuso suggests that human democracies may have something to learn from the world’s trees and flowers

In his new book ‘A Most Remarkable Creature,’ indie musician and writer Jonathan Meiburg travels to the bottom of the planet to investigate a very strange bird of prey that puzzled Darwin himself

‘The Good Place,’ a UN ambassador’s memoir, and a new true-crime podcast were just some of our favorites this month

Kale Williams’s new book, ‘The Loneliest Polar Bear,’ offers readers an adorable polar bear cub—and a roving, clear-eyed exploration of climate change and how the bears captured the public imagination

Immerse yourself in stories about one of Bimini’s best bonefish guides, and meet a cast of Aussies exploring an outpost in French Polynesia

These recently translated titles are available in English for the first time

The untold story of why a generation of dreamers abandoned promising lives to deliver pizza and chase their wildest powder dreams

In a new documentary from director Caroline Treadway, athletes like Emily Harrington and Kai Lightner open up about their path to recovery

A new book by the acclaimed science journalist Michelle Nijhuis looks at human attempts to save other species from extinction, from John Muir to the World Wildlife Fund

And things got rocky fast. Our correspondent talks to Jennifer Miller about Colorado, misconceptions, and a mysterious type of footwear called “hiking sandals.”

In an excerpt from ‘In Search of Mycotopia,’ a new book about different communities exploring the multiple uses of fungi and mushrooms, the author goes foraging with William Padilla-Brown, a rising star in the mycological movement

The books, films, music, and more that our editors couldn’t stop talking about

These recent literary works feature unsettling tales set in familiar locations

The legendary filmmaker pioneered the stoke film and helped create skiing’s counterculture, but ‘Ski Bum’ on Discovery+ shows how his life behind the scenes was anything but easy

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