Essays

Even after a life-changing diagnosis, I can still experience the thrill of adventure

Reading about romance and relationships in speculative fiction about scary futures reminds us that a better world is always worth fighting for

A 16-year-old in Texas drove into a group of cyclists in Waller County, Texas. Should he have been behind the wheel in the first place?

Before enlightenment, get on and pedal. After enlightenment, get on and pedal—but we do pass through several transitional phases along the way.

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Across the West, resort towns are facing a livability crisis. Luckily, advocates say, this problem can be fixed.

Living in a remote mountain town made him irresistible to curious dudes—and got me wondering why we assign so much importance to where people are from

When my yellow Lab died last spring, I was flattened by an overwhelming sadness that’s with me still. And that’s normal, experts say, because losing a pet is often one of the hardest yet least acknowledged traumas we’ll ever face.

After a terrible diagnosis forced me to slow down, I learned how to relate differently to the wild—and myself. 

If I can help or influence one person, all the negative comments will have been worth it

“I would contend that stupid behavior is sometimes the proper response to stupid laws”

Our senior editor’s foray into woodworking got off to a rough start

In 1960, John Steinbeck set out on a cross-country adventure with his standard poodle, Charley. More than half a century later, writer Kristin Wong did the same thing with her dog—and learned an unexpected lesson about the pain of uncertainty.

Growing up as a Mexican American kid in an anti-immigrant environment, Eric Arce began a yearslong struggle with anxiety and depression. In this essay, he explains how biking has helped him.

Daniel Pérez and the Sanba Cycling Team are proving that delivery workers, line cooks, and mechanics race bikes, too

When COVID-19 hit, one Outside editor found solace in an unexpected hobby

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Knowledgeable and friendly rangers aren’t just found in our national parks

As a college student, writer Julia Rosen spent a summer on Alaska’s Taku Glacier, which kept growing for decades in spite of warming temperatures. Now, she reckons with its uncertain fate.

With summer here, we’re getting back into ambitious recreation, and that means a return to grit, sweat, and serious post-fun scrubbing. Cleanliness connoisseur Danielle Sepulveres explains how these wetdowns can create memories all their own.

History tells us why skiing—and the outdoors in general—lacks diversity. Thanks to the work of dedicated groups, this is slowly changing.

They don’t need to be huge—just big enough to store all your gear and all your dreams

It’s not just the gear purchases—it’s how we think about the future. Here’s the Outside guide to getting your financial $hit together, no selling out required.

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After losing her father to Alzheimer’s disease, one writer reflects on her relationship with grief and running—and the connections between the two

When you start a new sport, everything will be hard, perplexing, and intimidating. But your brain will be on fire.

We asked movers and shakers in different corners of the outdoor world about what people can do to make certain spaces and sports more welcoming for all

Cecilia Blomdahl’s viral videos are a window into an unfamiliar world full of polar bears, reindeer, and adventures on snowmobiles. But they also offer suprisingly resonant insights for those of us who’ve just spent a year in quarantine.

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One editor’s thoughts on the Asian American illusion of belonging

Choosing whether or not to have children can be difficult for many women. For Amelia Boone, an elite athletic career and her ongoing eating disorder recovery have made it even more complicated.

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Every woman who hikes has been the target of mansplaining—and outdoor writers and editors are no exception

The evidence is everywhere that humanity is actually pretty decent, according to Dutch historian Rutger Bregman. Pay attention to it and you’ll feel much better.

The past year has been relentless in so many ways. But despite the challenges, there’s also a lot of good news out there to get you excited about the months ahead.

The North Face’s new Explore Fund Council, led by Jimmy Chin and Lena Waithe, has big plans—and a big budget—to make the outdoors more inclusive

Pet adoptions have spiked during the pandemic. Now is the time to change outdoor dog culture for the benefit of people, public lands, wildlife, and the dogs themselves. 

The more we learn an incomplete fairytale of Indigenous peoples and our history in this country, the more we perpetuate acts of ethnocide, like the ones we’ve seen in recent weeks in southern Utah

When Sanni McCandless started dating legendary climber Alex Honnold, she never expected that millions of people would soon be watching her relationship on screen

“For me, the climbing community was not a barrier to coming out. That community is what made it possible.”

Tourism and marquee events may face a boycott unless the cycling establishment can find an effective way to respond

For journalist Neil King, there’s never been a better time to reflect on the nation’s fraught history

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