Books & Media
Max Lowe made a big splash in 2021 with ‘Torn,’ a documentary about the death of his famous father, alpinist Alex Lowe, and how it shook and shaped his family. These days, he’s forging ahead with ambitious projects—including a new film about the restorative power of climbing—in the next stage of his career.
A podcast exploring solutions to the Colorado River crisis, a film about a leading advocate of Title IX, and more
I want my two-year-old to grow up loving the outdoors, but I also want him to be safe. ‘Scouts Honor,’ a powerful new Netflix documentary about the horrific history of child sex abuse in the Boy Scouts of America, left me feeling angry, sickened, and permanently doubtful that the organization should be part of his life.
In an adaptation from his new book, ‘Master of Change: How to Excel When Everything is Changing—Including You,’ Outside contributor Brad Stulberg outlines a path for longevity and persistence in sport
Yes, we saw the Barbie movie. But we also got caught up on other recent film releases, enjoyed some summer tunes, and knocked a few books off of our reading lists.
The history of freeride mountain biking takes center stage in the new feature documentary from Outside Studios and Freeride Entertainment
The new documentary on freediving is gorgeous and thrilling. But it won’t transform you into a freediver, writes our articles editor.
A documentary about a historically Black summer camp, the new podcast from Serial Productions, essential books about pirates, Netflix specials featuring Oprah, Michelle Obama, and Viola Davis, and more
The executive producer of Netflix’s new cycling docuseries explains how hard it was to film at the Tour, and whether or not women will appear in future seasons
The new Netflix series is road cycling’s best opportunity in decades to expand its audience
A collection of essays about agriculture and water pollution, the latest survival reality show, a podcast about clothing, the new ’Legend of Zelda’ game, and more
Jimmy Chin and Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi’s new film, ‘Wild Life,’ captures the saga of Doug and Kristine Tompkins, whose devotion to conservation and each other led to the creation of extraordinary national parks in Chile and Argentina
Virginia Sole-Smith’s new book, ‘Fat Talk: Parenting in the Age of Diet Culture,’ takes an unflinching look at fatphobia and how it affects our collective ideas about health
The iconic film festival is celebrating its 45th year this weekend. Here are the documentaries we’re most excited to watch.
The latest chapter of the thrilling surf docuseries may lack the narrative cohesion of the first. It will still leave you feeling stoked.
Our editors listened to a podcast about Indigenous resistance, watched a film about Palestinian climbers, and checked a few more books off of our reading lists
‘Wild and Precious’ is a memorial to the beloved American poet and a celebration of her work
‘Wild Life,’ a new film by Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin, chronicles Tompkins’s life as one of the world’s most influential conservationists
New music by boygenius, a text exploring the governance of natural resources, ‘South Side,’ ‘She Said,’ and more
Director Robin Van Gyn discusses her new documentary series, which is playing on Outside Watch now
Executive producer Grant Kahler explains how the outdoor reality show went from a social experiment to survival of the meanest
The eight-episode series ‘Outlast’ pits survivalists against each other in a cruel game of psychological torture
The alpine guide’s new memoir gives readers an honest take on the highs and lows of parenting as a full-time climber
Professional runner Lauren Fleshman’s memoir, a climbing survival story, a new Outside podcast, a sci-fi video game, and more
Filmmakers have bigger budgets, smaller cameras, and new editing technology at their fingertips. They’ve also gotten better at telling nuanced stories.
Director Mikey Corker discusses his new adventure film, which is playing on Outside Watch now
After more than a decade in the spotlight, the Hollywood star has a new HBO Max project, ‘The Climb,’ that lets him do what he loves most: scale gnarly cliffs alongside climbing icon Chris Sharma
From President Obama to Kevin Costner, celebs are lending their voices to outdoor documentaries. Who would you choose to narrate yours?
Music inspired by birds, a volcano film for the big screen, a spiritual manifesto, and more
A fresh breed of adventure film tackles life’s biggest questions. We caught up with director Ben Sturgulewski to find out how he got snowboarders to think about Einstein.
The real story is weirder and sadder than what we saw in the film’s bonkers preview
When professional skier Rian Zetzer got the opportunity to stunt-double for Lindsay Lohan in a new Netflix movie, she jumped at the opportunity
Here are the shorts and features screening at annual celebration of outdoor books and movies that we think should be on your radar
A scary movie and novella for spooky season, ‘House of the Dragon,’ ‘Rings of Power,’ an Outside columnist’s first novel, and more
We asked the Outside contributing editor how she got the idea for her much anticipated new book, ‘Small Game,’ and how she used her personal survival experience to make it come to life
Scary movies have a rich tradition of being set in creepy forests, caves, and swamps. We rounded up our favorites of the genre.
Get your tickets for the worldwide film tour now or get prepped for the virtual screening on Outside Watch. Just don’t miss it.
In an excerpt from ‘Small Game,‘ her first novel, Outside contributing editor Blair Braverman introduces a cast of characters who will be dropped in a remote landscape for a survival competition. An ominous future awaits them.
The new Netflix docuseries examines the 2015 Nepal earthquake. The film’s director explains why Mount Everest is just one component of a bigger story.
We binged ‘Human Playground,’ narrated by Idris Elba; ‘Aftershock: Everest and the Nepal Earthquake’; and ‘Thai Cave Rescue,’ a dramatized account of the 2018 ordeal, to figure out which ones are worth your time
‘The Last Chairlift,’ the iconic author’s most recent major novel, is a sweeping family saga about sexual identity, risk, and the storied history of Aspen, Colorado
Female snowboarders have been fighting for gender parity for decades. Olympic snowboarder Zoe Kalapos shares how it feels to be in the trenches.
The acclaimed nonfiction writer talked to nearly 100 scientists to tell the story of how the virus that caused COVID-19 spilled over into humans and spread across the globe
Join us for a live Zoom Q and A with the acclaimed science writer and longtime Outside contributing editor, who will discuss his new book about the SARS-CoV-2 virus on Thursday, October 13
‘Alone: Frozen’ wrapped up on Thursday, and the series crowned a female champion for the first time
The new documentary ‘Buried’ looks back at 1982 tragedy at Alpine Meadows ski resort, and finds lessons that are as relevant as ever about surviving a traumatic event
After 12 boys and their soccer coach were saved from a flooded cave in northern Thailand in 2018, Hollywood descended. Many feared filmmakers would exploit and mishandle the story, but something else happened.
An inside look at Black Diamond Ambassador Chris Burkard’s hike through Iceland in pursuit of the perfect photograph
A new National Geographic series streaming on Disney+ features everyone from Conrad Anker to Justine Dupont going deep about their most pivotal close calls and mistakes
Whether you love scaling big rocks or just watching others do it on the big screen, these films capture climbing at its best
In ‘Missed Fortune,’ a series inspired by a story he wrote for Outside, host Peter Frick-Wright shines a spotlight on the fanatics who chased an eccentric art collector’s hidden riches at all costs
‘Prey,’ ‘Fall,’ and ‘Beast’ are all in theaters or streaming now—we break down which ones are worth your time
Ten years after the publication of ‘Wild,’ the beloved author shares her thoughts on the haters who thought she was unprepared, the transformative power of doing big things, and where Monster is now
We can’t get enough of The Rock glistening and swinging machetes in a tropical forest
The latest ‘Alone’ winner shares stories from surviving in Labrador and details behind preparing for the show
Jordan Peele's latest film explores how Hollywood has tokenized non-white people and commodified landscapes and wildlife, nowhere more than in westerns. Can the genre reclaim those marginalized stories and all their complexity?
We pitted the fictional Netflix miniseries against the reality survival game show to see which came out on top