Sure, pretty sunsets and endorphin-pumping summits do the trick. But we’ve also found plenty more surprising moments of wonder and delight.
And what about charging people to climb that mountain? Outside’s ethics guru weighs in.
The lifestyle is physically dangerous for Black people and often financially and socially out of reach
After suffering a nervous breakdown, mountain-bike photographer Matt Wragg received a surprising opinion from his psychologist
Our soft-drink warriors both believe this sugary, caffeine-packed soda is the perfect refreshment after exercise or adventure. (Hmm. OK.) They disagree about flavors, and be warned: it might get loud.
What’s a traveler’s responsibility when a once quiet destination gentrifies?
By supporting service corps that are preserving our public lands, Carhartt is helping to protect parks and empower the next generation of park stewards
Blasting the Inflation Reduction Act on Sunday, the GOP nominee for a Senate seat in Georgia said, “A lot of the money is going into trees. Don’t we have enough trees around here?”
To control mass tourism, the National Park Service is working on solutions, like its reservation system. We tourists need to do our part, too. Here’s how.
For many of us, a visit to these communities is an idyllic escape, but racism exists there, too, and it’s important that we continue to address it
Award-winning poet Elizabeth Alexander explains how the expansion of the National Park Service Mellon Humanities Fellowship will allow scholars to deepen our understanding of the history within our public lands and share it with visitors
More people outside has meant more rules for all of us—including what to do with our excrement
Outside’s ethics guru weighs in on the Great Outdoors Music Debate
With incredible access to alpine adventures and in-town activities alike, it’s hard to beat Reno in the spring and summer
Native scholar weighs in on the United Nations’ suggestion that Indigenous knowledge might help us survive the climate disaster
Outside’s ethics guru ponders what exactly is up for grabs on public lands
It’s not easy being a progressive who works for a middle-of-the-road president. Mark Sundeen sizes up the interior secretary’s first year in office—which has been a disappointment to climate-change activists—and decides she’s most likely to make a mark through a historic reckoning over the U.S. government’s shameful running of Native American boarding schools.
Buying a house just so you can rent it out on Airbnb is lame. And predatory.
A ‘Washington Post’ story on Greg Gianforte’s latest hunting escapades is misleading, which is a shame, because its subject deserves much more scrutiny
Thanks to female characters Bryce Kellogg and Robin Hand, women in ski towns have a timeless manifesto to follow
President Biden just restored the national monument’s boundaries. Now it’s time for deeper healing and restorative justice for the region’s Indigenous people.
When, how, and what to tune in for running, cycling, sport climbing, surfing, and more
Leaders of the nonprofit Indigenous Women Outdoors describe how learning about the traditional territories where they ski and snowboard enhances their time outside and connects them with their ancestors
With working conditions like these, who would let their babies grow up to race bikes for a living?
When it comes to public image for our elected officials, being seen on a bicycle is as fraught as a first dinner with the in-laws
It's long enough to work the magic, but short enough that there's no excuse not to do it
The pandemic has led to an unexpected positive—people reclaiming streets in ways that have made urban America more bikeable, walkable, and enjoyable. Preserving that will take work, but it’s worth it.
'The Quiet Force' investigates the interdependence of mountain-town tourism and the immigrant labor force
The American Museum of Natural History is taking down its memorial to Theodore Roosevelt, and the hunting world should take note
Company is overrated
Our lands and waters are fundamental to our heritage, health, and culture. We must invest in them.
Bicycles have been agents of change and rebellion since the 19th century. That's why seeing law enforcement use them to repress protesters feels especially jarring and wrong.
Post something anti-racist instead. Better yet, do something anti-racist instead.
You're contributing to America's addiction to speeding—and you're much more likely to kill someone
Locked-down cities have opened streets to cyclists and pedestrians. But what happens when the traffic comes back?
Gravel may be all the rage, but nothing teaches you more about being a cyclist than riding on the road
'Last Call for the Bayou' follows five Louisiana residents as they battle to keep their industries alive amid disappearing wetlands
To all the firefighters, nurses, grocery store clerks and stockers, postal employees, and sanitation workers: we appreciate you
Surfers Belinda Baggs, Liz Clark, and Moona Whyte reflect on their relationship to conservation
Flouting the law is in our blood, but for the time being, caution equals caring
Instead of figuring out what to do about the 2020 race, organizers should start planning for next year and use the opportunity to finally create a true women's Tour de France. Here's how it could work.
And they're even more important during the coronavirus pandemic
Flatten the curve, skip the group ride, and head for the hills solo—it'll do wonders for your body and mind
Some people are behaving badly in the face of a pandemic. Others are making the outdoor world proud.
As wilderness hubs like Bishop and Moab shutter their gates to visitors, what's an outdoor lover to do during a pandemic? We're here to help.
As COVID-19 shuts down buses and trains in cities, we remember that bicycles are the ultimate contingency plan
Wes Siler and legendary alpinist Conrad Anker explain why your vote matters and how to make it count
Here, Wes Siler and legendary mountain climber Conrad Anker walk through the first step: registering to vote
Influencers and conservationists of color take a hike through Harold Richardson Redwood Preserve to discuss diversity on public lands
A little goes a long way (for your ego)
Can the sport’s trendiest discipline reinvigorate its national governing body? And should we even care?
In 'Fine Lines,' from director Dina Khreino, climbers Alex Honnold, Lynn Hill, and Emily Harrington discuss their thoughts on risk and fear
Lucy Parks found trail culture far from fully accepting but refused to let fear stop them from thru-hiking the AT
Don't be the Jerry that breaks these
With Americans surging onto public lands like never before, search and rescue operations are becoming overwhelmed—and help is not on the way
Bad behavior might be jeopardizing access to Kingdom Trails, one of the premier networks on the East Coast. Here's what we can learn from it.
Or why you should absolutely make room in your bag for those shrimp skewers on your next trip
Skier Greg Hill attempts big-mountain pursuits with only electricity and a front-wheel-drive Chevy Bolt
On the bike, laws are secondary and survival is paramount
Getting one was, by far, the most powerful personal action I could take for our planet
We keep hearing about the supposed dangers of shared e-scooters, but the numbers tell a different story
There's no right way to grieve the death of a beloved pet
Tech shaming has made us believe that the outdoor experience has to be pure or nothing. Here's why you should absolve your guilt about using your gadgets in nature.
The law will soon mandate equal pay for men and women in athletic events on California state lands. But legislators may have missed an opportunity to make broader inroads on gender equity in sports.
A frosty cold one is best when shared. So are America's public lands.
A modest proposal that, at the very least, will make your community better
What is a good boy anyway? How do you become one? These are the questions that keep me up at night.
Cycling is already mainstream. It’s time for the media to catch up.
Dynos are big, scary, and an excellent way to think about how we can be more supportive and intentional at the crag
Urban riding is the greatest adventure. We just need to make it even more accessible.
A mandatory helmet law in NYC is how Vision Zero ends.
Cars may have driven us apart, but we’re natural allies. Here’s how to do your part to heal the divide.
The official Ursus of fire prevention ought to move from figurehead to spokesbear—and wearing a little Nomex wouldn't hurt either
Adding World Tour events just for women is a huge step forward for professional cycling. But real change has to come from the UCI.
Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced what he calls an "audacious" new proposal to address this year’s dramatic rise in cycling fatalities. It must only be the start.
We owe it to our children to get them on two wheels
Yellowstone’s latest incident is as preventable as it is predictable
When it comes to CO2 emission reduction, it’s no contest between e-bikes and electric cars
Congressional candidate Matt Rosendale earns money from Texan billionaires while voting for their interests