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Don’t assume a noise deterrent will save you from a run-in with a wild animal. Do your homework before you head out into the wilderness.

The oral health risks associated with heavy sports-drink use seem clear, but the evidence remains murky

Can mindful running make you faster—or at least happier?

Go all in on every ride with one of these capable rigs

These canned beverages are every bit as tasty as their sober counterparts

Get these six items to improve your sleep and wake up ready for anything

These models will help you push your speed limits

Top-notch carry solutions for on-the-go essentials

From light sprinkles to daylong downpours, these shells have you covered

In September 2017, Outside published a feature about the ‘Berserk,’ a ship that went missing in 2011 off the coast of Antarctica with three men aboard. The expedition leader, Jarle Andhoy, disagreed with the story we published, which contained some factual errors, and with our portrayal of the lost men of the ‘Berserk.’ He also believed that the story left out crucial information about the days before the ship’s disappearance. Outside editor in chief Christopher Keyes interviewed Andhoy and his lawyer, Gunnar Nerdrum Aagaard, to better understand new details the two have gathered, which may help explain what happened to the men on board.

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 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

Recent studies looking into a phenomenon known as post-traumatic growth show that it's possible to thrive after challenging life events. Here's how.

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.

From Colorado’s second-largest state park to a midwestern tribal park, there are plenty of new wild spaces to plan to visit. Plus, Outside staffers share what they think our 64th national park should be.

Whether you’re looking for a once-in-a-lifetime splurge or a cozy canvas tent minutes from Lake Powell, there’s something for everyone at these newly opened stays

Your bucket list should go beyond national parks. This decision tree will help you find lesser known locations with half the crowds.

Our country’s open spaces are a sanity-saving antidote for this writer

For centuries, dowsers have claimed the ability to find groundwater, precious metals, and other quarry using divining rods and an uncanny intuition. Is it the real deal or woo-woo? Dan Schwartz suspends disbelief to see for himself.

When Konstantin Grigorishin—über-wealthy Ukrainian businessman, aspiring philosopher, former pal of Russian oligarchs—introduced the upstart International Swimming League in 2019, he made the first move in an ambitious plan that could blow up Olympic sports and usher in a new era of athlete fairness. He also commenced a game of chicken with some of the world’s most powerful and dangerous men, including Vladimir Putin. And he just might win.

He’s not only one of the fastest cyclists in the country—he’s also one of the sport’s most outspoken champions for diversity. But his mission has morphed into the greatest moon shot of all: to bring bike racing to the American masses.


Features

The Messenger: Justin Williams is not only one of the fastest cyclists in the country; he’s also one of the sport’s most outspoken champions for diversity. But his mission has morphed into the greatest moon shot of all: to make you care about American bike racing. —Gloria Liu

Tell Me Something Good: Despite the relentless challenges of the past year, there’s lots to get excited about in the months ahead, from inspiring environmental developments to new studies showing that 2020 actually made our brains stronger. We’ve rounded up 49 reasons to feel optimistic about where the world is going. Plus: Jimmy Chin and the North Face have a $7 million plan to make ­adventure more inclusive.

The Plot to Kill the Olympics: When Ukrainian business­man Konstantin Grigorishin introduced the International Swimming League in 2019, he made the first move in an ambitious plan that could blow up Olympic sports and usher in a new era of athlete fairness. He also commenced a game of chicken with some of the world’s most power­ful men, including Vladimir Putin. And he just might win. —Alex Perry

Chasing the Water Witches: For centuries, dowsers have claimed the ability to find groundwater, precious metals, and other quarry using divining rods and a seemingly mystical intu­ition. Is it the real deal or woo-woo? Dan Schwartz suspends disbelief to see for himself.

What Really Happened to the Berserk? In 2017, Outside published a story about a ship that went missing off the coast of Antarctica with three men aboard. In a new interview, expedition leader Jarle Andhoy talks about questions that still hover over the doomed adventure.

Dispatches

Travel

Public Lands: The upshot of only traveling domestically for the past year? We’ve gotten to know our 615 million acres of federal public lands better than ever. And with new parks and designations on the horizon, there will be even more ways to get off the beaten path for adventure. Here’s what we learned.

Base Camp: Three glamping sites in southern Utah that offer seclu­sion and wide-open spaces.

Exposure

New Pursuits: Photographer L. Renee Blount shows what it takes to tackle five outdoor activities for the first time—in a single month.

Gear

Road Shoes: Runners that help you push your limits.

Waterproof Shells: Lightweight jackets for spring showers.

Daypacks: Top-notch carry solutions for everyday essentials.

Mountain Bikes: Go all in on every ride with these capable rigs.

Fitness

In the Lead: Can mindful running make you faster—or at least happier? Brands are betting on it.

Fuel: Five alcoholic kombuchas that are every bit as tasty as their sober counterpart.

Tools: Six sleep aids that ensure solid shut-eye.

Moves: Boost performance in any sport with this ten-minute jump-rope routine.

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