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Journalist Sarah Scoles's 'They Are Already Here' explores people's obsession with discovering what else may be out there

The books, movies, podcasts, games, and more that are keeping us sane indoors

Journalist Jon Mooallem’s new book, ‘This is Chance!,’ revives a decades-old story about an Alaskan radio journalist and the biggest earthquake you’ve never heard of—and gives us something to consider when the world is unsteady

In 2018, musician Ben Weaver gave up his dream of playing sold-out venues in exchange for one that had much more value

When the Discovery Channel invited me to audition for its popular survival-challenge reality show, I knew it was going to be rough. What followed was one of the most intense experiences of my life.

In 'Spirit Run,' Noé Álvarez recounts the journey that transformed his view of the world

Adventurer Blair Braverman thought going on the reality show would be the experience of a lifetime. It was—in very unexpected ways.

'Billionaire Wilderness,' by Wyoming native and Yale sociologist Justin Farrell, asks hard questions about how money changes American land by investigating one of the West's most beloved outdoor playgrounds: Jackson Hole

For decades, the cowboy has occupied a storied place in Americana—but the image in popular narratives excluded cowboys of color. This year the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering and Grammy-winning musician Dom Flemons sought to change that. At the event, held in Nevada earlier this winter, the theme was the same as Flemons's 2018 album: black cowboys.

Boomtown and Drilled tackle climate change and oil and gas extraction from different angles

The books, movies, podcasts, music, and more that our editors couldn't stop talking about

In 'Paha Sapa,' Lakota skier Connor Ryan explores his ancestral South Dakota homeland

The documentary 'Safety to Nome' follows 26 competitors racing 1,000 miles across the Alaskan tundra on foot, bike, or skis

Will Ferrell and Julia Louis-Dreyfus's new movie proves that Hollywood is perennially bad at depicting snow sports

The latest film adaptation of Jack London's classic novel is a kid-friendly reminder that wild spaces are important. Harrison Ford, the film's star, is a bit more blunt.

Spend less than you would on a restaurant dinner and get a book that you'll cherish for years to come

By highlighting three potent public-lands battles, the film asks audiences to take a stand in a political moment that threatens the future of American conservation

In 'Cat Tale,' a longtime environmental journalist documents the dramatic saga that brought this state animal back from the brink of extinction

Disney Plus's 'Togo' and 20th Century Fox's 'The Call of the Wild' deliver as feel-good dog stories, but their portrayal of the human history of mushing is flawed

While researching his new book 'Author in Chief,' our contributor discovered a forgotten piece of John Adams's life: the time he sailed to Europe during the Revolutionary War and barely survived

'Yellow Bird,' by Sierra Crane Murdoch, and 'The Third Rainbow Girl,' by Emma Copley Eisenberg, look at haunting deaths in wild and forgotten landscapes

On July 10, 2014, Cody Roman Dial, the 27-year-old son of explorer Roman Dial, entered the coastal rainforest of Costa Rica's Corcovado National Park to begin a solo, multi-day hike. He never came out. In an excerpt from his memoir 'The Adventurer’s Son,' Roman Dial relives the terrible day he initiated the search for his son.

The No Man's Land Film Festival is an annual celebration of women-identified experience in the outdoors

Cozy up with one and start planning your next family adventure

Annual shred flicks used to be the only place to see the best lines and hucks of the previous year. Then Instagram and YouTube arrived. Does social media spell the end for the beloved genre?

The books, movies, podcasts, music, and more that our editors couldn't stop talking about

'Honeyland,' 'Into the Canyon,' and 'Okavango: River of Dreams' are generating buzz at Sundance and the Oscars. You can also stream them online.

Colin O'Brady completed the first solo crossing of the Antarctic landmass under his own power and with no resupplies in 2018. In this excerpt from his new memoir, 'The Impossible First,' he reveals the moment that nearly ended his historic feat.

In a new memoir, the photographer digs into the most meaningful moments of a remarkable human-canine connection

In the new photo book 'Fierce Beauty,' celebrated photographer Eric Meola chases wild weather across the Great Plains

As former columnist Heather Hansman passes the torch to Erin Berger, the two share their strongest takes on outdoor media and culture

A documentary about elephant poaching in Kenya follows three men—a poacher, an ivory trader, and a wildlife ranger—ensnared in the deadly industry

As his dreams of going pro faded, photographer Cooper Dodds fell back in love with ski jumping in an unexpected place. His new photo book, 'Jumper: Flying in the Heartland,' documents the Midwest's surprisingly popular, no-frills tournament circuit.

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

After a breaching humpback nearly landed on Tom Mustill's kayak, the wildlife filmmaker became consumed with trying to understand the massive mammal. The result is PBS's ‘The Whale Detective.’

Our favorite outdoor films of the year, from an indie romance to lots of documentaries

Featuring fat bears, Pattie Gonia, a very good boy, and more

The comedian's takedown of ski-industry tropes has become a runaway hit

Ten books that sparked debate, started conversations, and launched movements in the past ten years—and what to read next

A new miniseries from the podcast Threshold explores the controversy surrounding one of the our most contested pieces of public land by meeting the people who live off it

Think Balto saved Nome, Alaska, on his own? Think again. A new family-friendly movie finally gets a legendary dogsled run right.

Our wellness columnist on his favorite books of the year

From camping with a $140 Walmart kit to building an adventure van on a budget, these were the Outside-produced videos that served you best

In 2005, Richard Louv helped usher in the nature-as-therapy movement. His latest book asks us to start bonding with wild animals.

A new documentary on PBS's 'Independent Lens' chronicles the incredible life of George Attla, an icon of the dogsled world who dominated the sport while preserving a dying tradition

Whether you want to eat more vegetables or make your own trail food, these cookbooks should be on your wish list

The books, movies, podcasts, music, and more that our editors couldn't stop talking about

Wilderness is usually associated with tranquility, but some moments call for the deployment of hard rock

Some of our favorite nonfiction authors dropped new books that explore everything from climate disaster to unusual acts of endurance

The filmmakers behind HBO’s ‘Lindsey Vonn: The Final Season’ had to deal with a sudden plot change while documenting the legendary skier’s quest for a coveted record before her retirement, but ended up with an even more interesting story

‘Parks’ chronicles the evolution of the visual identity of the national park system through its maps, pamphlets, and other informational ephemera

What two TV hosts learned from subjecting themselves to the agony-inducing defenses of insects, snakes, lizards, and fish

'Highway of Tears' tells the story of the dozens of indigenous women and girls who have gone missing or been found murdered along Canada's Highway 16

Whether you're looking for a sunny California odyssey or musings on the future of winter, we have a good book for you to curl up with in front of the fire

Three new books document how much we're already spending to mitigate the effects of global warming and how much more we have to lose if we continue to burn fossil fuels

The books, movies, podcasts, music, and more that our editors couldn't stop talking about

The American Cornhole League wants to turn a game that's typically played with one hand holding a beer—and possibly named for an indecent part of the human body—into an international spectator sport

Patagonia's latest film explores the troubling takeover of fish bred by man

Last spring, Outside's features editor watched pro mountain biker Paul Basagoitia's documentary about the spinal-cord injury he sustained at Red Bull Rampage. Ahead of its HBO release this month, she and her partner viewed it again after their own life-altering experience.

Joey Henson draws maps of his favorite climbing areas around Boone, North Carolina, and sells them to raise funds for land conservation

What happens if nature, humanity—or both—disappear or run amok? These latest releases examine such (hopefully wrong) possibilities.

John Plant created a huge following on his channel, Primitive Technology, by making silent videos of himself fashioning tools and erecting shelters with just what he finds in nature. Now he's releasing a book so his fans can join in.

New movies and documentaries dig into mental health, dogsled racing, and why you should reconsider that lighthouse-keeping gig

'Only Music // Alaska' documents the people Justin Fountain met, the places he saw, and the conversations he had on his 3,800-mile trip

Author Christopher McDougall is back with a new book about his surprising relationship with a burro named Sherman

Plants as criminal evidence and penguin sex lead the way in the latest batch of good reading material

In 1986, Sharon Wood became the first North American woman to climb the world's tallest peak. Now she's opening up about her experience—on and off the mountain.

Marion Mauran's documentary Elevation Change is an honest and compelling look at the ambitions of a young man thru-hiking to raise money for Parkinson's disease

The books, movies, podcasts, music, and more that our editors couldn't stop talking about

In a new documentary, The Salad Days, river runner and advocate Herm Hoops takes to the water one last time

Save This Rhino, a new documentary from acclaimed surf filmmaker Taylor Steele, chronicles the bloody struggle to save an iconic species from extinction

Princess Daazhraii Johnson, a creative producer for the PBS series, tells Outside that the show is a "way of saying that it’s OK to be who you are, you should be proud of that."

In her new book, ‘On Fire,’ Naomi Klein sparks a blaze for the next generation

A new documentary follows two Western athletes as they travel to the Hermit Kingdom to participate in its only sporting event open to foreigners

Summer jams can't last forever. The Highwomen lead the way on our mix for fall road trips and campouts.

Katie Boué started practicing No Social Sundays and reclaimed her time

In 'The Outlaw Ocean,' Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Ian Urbina explores the sprawling systems of abuse and corruption that rule the high seas