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In his new travelogue, Bicycle Diaries (Viking, $26), celebrated musician/artist/writer David Byrne talks about rethinking cities around the bike—and reveals that one has been his primary mode of transportation for 30 years, both at home and abroad. JEREMY SPENCER picks the brain of the world's coolest bike-commuting advocate.

You probably missed some posts on our site last month while you were enjoying the last days of summer and the first days of fall. We understand. Here's a list of our most popular posts from September. 1 The Gear Junkie: Winter Gear Preview Part 1…

At least 100 players in the NFL are expected to don pink cleats in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, according to the New York Times. Other pink paraphernalia to be worn by players includes sweatbands, towels, and gloves, but the…

Nathan Apffel's surf film, Lost Prophets: Search for the Collective, embraces the original notion of surfing as an escape, a joy, and a way to connect with nature. Slated for release this fall, the movie is a gorgeous array of color, action, and…

It takes more than a good camera to get a good shot. Nowhere is that more true than in adventure photography—a field of photographers snapping with split-second shutter speeds in the least hospitable environments on earth.

We handed disposable cameras to 11 Outside icons for a behind the scenes look into their lives. What did we find out? You'll be surprised.

That trope about photos being worth 1,000 words? Here's where it came from.

From darkroom to desktop.

Like so many seemingly impossible shots you see these days, it's a digital creation—which is bad for photography and even worse for our concept of reality.

By Andrew Zuckerman Bird Chronicle Books, $60, out in October Feathery portraits on white backgrounds look three-dimensional, like museum exhibits or taxidermy. Disturbing and thrilling. Buy Bird .   Buy the Book: The World from My Front Porch Chris Boot, $75 By…

For his new book, Bird, photographer Andrew Zuckerman snapped feathery portraits on white backgrounds to give live animals a three-dimensional look. Buy the Book…

We sent single-use cameras to 11 of our favorite Outside luminaries and asked them to give us a behind-the-scenes look into their lives. The result? You’ll be surprised. A skier's offseason. A skier's offseason.

How a stealth documentary crew revealed Japan's secret dolphin slaughter.

For six months last year, Canadian Dave Salmoni, 34, a big-cat expert and the host of Animal Planet’s Predator Versus Prey and After the Attack, lived in Namibia among a pride of “last-chance” lions. The cats had been relocated to a private game park after repeatedly harassing humans on unmanaged…

When you're as well traveled as Aaron Eckhart, picking a favorite town isn't easy.

Robert Kenner’s new documentary FOOD, Inc. opens with a shot of a glowing cornfield and a quaint red farmhouse. Within minutes, headless chicken corpses the color of a sidewalk fill the screen, rolling down a factory assembly line. Shock value is the point here: The film, in wide release this…

Or so he claims. The man who launched CBS's Survivor is focusing his cameras on four modern-day explorers as they retrace one of history's greatest expeditions. But with no tribal council or million-dollar prize, will anyone watch?

An enterprising television series on Paul Watson’s ragtag navy has made saving the whales cool again. But can eco-pirates actually save them?

Two new plane-crash memoirs hope to soar into the survival-narrative canon.

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Disney is getting back to its nature-documentary roots—but can the company escape its own legacy?

Stretching the Limits of Fitness Programming


As the wisecracking host of the hit series Dirty Jobs, Mike Rowe frolics in mud and trades in gross-out humor. But what started out as a gag has become a movement that's empowering Americans to rediscover our love of hard work—just when we need it most.

A few weeks before his death, the award-winning photographer spoke to Rob Haggart about heading off to Libya the future of photography.

Greg Mortenson’s 1993 climbing partner on K2 defends the founder of the Central Asia Institute, maintaining that both 60 Minutes and Jon Krakauer presented distorted portraits of the person he knows.

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A new book tackles the disappearance of famed explorer Percy Fawcett

Can a cult fly-fishing novel about a young man coming of age in the wild blow up on the big screen? It's happened once before

In mid-January, survival expert Bear Grylls began the third season of the Discovery Channel's Man Vs. Wild. The series, which has Grylls parachuting into remote wilderness with limited gear, is best known for scenes in which the guy with the accent eats disgusting things—decaying carcasses, grubs, elephant dung. The special on this season's menu: b

In 1974, French aerialist Philippe Petit snuck onto the roof of the World Trade Center, rigged a tightrope between the Twin Towers, and spent three-quarters of an hour dancing across the 1,350-foot-deep urban abyss. The caper was all but forgotten until last summer, when James Marsh’s documentary Man on Wire…

The Apocalypse is near—and playing at your local multiplex

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Think adventure filmmaking sounds glamorous? Then watch THAYER WALKER get schooled on Kilimanjaro.

Fifteen of the world's best athletes, explorers, and writers pick their favorite adventure books of the past 35 years.

Eleven years after Jon Krakauer's Into the Wild caused a sensation, the family of Christopher McCandless, director Sean Penn, and his all-star cast and crew talk about their quest to bring the fatal journey of "Alexander Supertramp" to the big screen.

Read “Visibility Unlimited” from the September issue of Outside, now on stands, about the life and photography of climber, explorer, and mapmaker Brad Washburn, then view the work of a legend in this exclusive online photo gallery courtesy of the Panopticon gallery in Boston, Massachusetts. For more info on how…

From prologue to Paris, DANIEL COYLE followed the reigning champ throughout the 2004 Tour and all the way to victory No. 6. Now he's written a true-life sports thriller about how the Armstrong machine smashed the opposition. In this exclusive excerpt from Lance Armstrong's War, the author chronicles the brutal turning point of Lance's greatest triumph.

A shamelessly hedonistic celebration of the movies that feed our fantasies, explore the DNA of adventure and wild fun, and nourish our rambling, freewheeling, risk-loving souls

The unsinkable James Cameron on life after Titanic, how films fuel exploration, and the next great adventure epic

Telluride-based Outside correspondent Rob Story is the author of Outside Adventure Travel: Mountain Biking. When he isn’t looking for new singletrack or hitting the mountain-Story averages 50 days on the slopes per winter-he’s writing for magazines. An editor-at-large at Bike, Story has also written for Powder and Skiing. He received…

Jon Krakauer survives Everest; Sebastian Junger gets lost in the desert, Hampton Sides has a chat with Lance Armstrong; Ian Frazier profiles the world's wiliest mushroom hunter; Mark Jenkins does it The Hard Way; Tim Cahill travels with bandits; Bruce Barcott tracks a Native American artifacts smuggler, Kevin Fedarko spends…

Two authors and their search for the Anasazi

Our biggest library of essentials, with classic tales of adventure, poetry, and how-to bibles

  A River Running West: The Life and Times of John Wesley Powell, by Donald Worster (Oxford, $35). On May 24, 1869, a one-armed Civil War veteran named John Wesley Powell put in to the Green River, in what’s now Wyoming, with a crew of nine roustabouts,…

Occupy your off-season with the successes, failures, and bemusements of fellow adventurers. Plus: author picks and ten underappreciated books.

A Whale Hunt, by Robert Sullivan; Noodling for Flatheads, by Burkhard Bilger; Full Creel, by Nick Lyons; and To the Elephant Graveyard, by Tarquin Hall

Ripped from tomorrow's headlines, the ecobiography of Tyrone Tierwater—failed monkeywrencher, ex-husband, ex-con, ex-zookeeper of the last Patagonian fox, and still-grieving father of the tree-dwelling Sierra, 21st-century martyr to the redwoods.

The Adventurist: My Life in Dangerous Places, by Robert Young Pelton; The Snakebite Survivors' Club: Travels Among Serpents, by Jeremy Seal; Teewinot: A Year in the Grand Tetons, by Jack Turner; and The Water in Between, by Kevin Patterson.

Inside the high-risk Hollywood quest to bring Sebastian Junger's true-life thriller to the screen

Tibet's Secret Mountain, by Chris Bonington and Charles Clarke; A Newer World: Kit Carson, John C. Frémont, and the Claiming of the American West, by David Roberts; Savage Shore, by Edward Marriott; and The Change in the Weather, by William K. Stevens.

Books to upgrade your coffee table, featuring photography by NASA's Apollo astronauts, mountaineering legend Vittorio Sella, Glen Canyon chronicler Tad Nichols, and wildlife portraitist James Balog, along with Patagonia moments, Jane Goodall's chimps, and the world's most disgusting foods.

The Longest Silence, by Thomas McGuane; River Horse, by William Least Heat-Moon; The Voyage, by Philp Caputo; and more.

Are Peltier's supporters—or his attackers—the true "merchants of myth"?

He became a rallying cry for centuries of oppression against his people, one of America's most potent political symbols. But now, 20 years after the murder of two FBI agents that put him in prison for life, he's more important as a legend than as a man, and the legend has begun to unravel.